Social Media Should Be Used Responsibly

1861 Words Aug 4th, 2014 8 Pages
As technology advances, the amount of people online is also growing. Among these people, a great amount of them are teens. These teens are accessing the Internet through various digital devices and communicating with one another through methods such as texting and emailing. Today, teens and young adults are the ones who make up one of the largest groups on social media outlets. According to the Pew Report, “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy,” 95% of teens are on the Internet and 81% of them use social media sites. In the opinion piece “Social Media Should Be Used Responsibly” by Katie Atkinson, social media outlets “were created for harmless networking and fun, but have instead turned into some of the greatest tools to harm others with” and thus, cyber bullying came into existence. Cyber bullying is “a modern form of bullying performed using electronic forms of contact” (Fabio Sticca & Sonja Perren). It is where kids send hate messages, post embarrassing pictures of others, and hide behind fake identities to harass others. With all the new interactive features on these social media sites, posting a hateful comment or sending a cruel message has become easier than ever. According to cyber bullying statistics provided by the i-SAFE foundation: “Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.” The worst part of it all is that more than half of these adolescent do not tell their parents when cyber bullying…
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