Down and Out
I’m sure - at one time or another – that you or one of your friends has sent out a tweet or Facebook status that you have regretted or that has had significant negative response. While being well connected with friends has its many benefits, with information, rumours and gossip spreading in a blink of an eye, one wrong move can land you in bother; often with the people that you are closest too. Many teenagers have decided to use the social networking sites to troll, cause offence or stir up some banter, often for the wrong reasons.
Despite the friendly encounters and close connections that are the norm on these sites, as with every other aspect of society there are the minority that don’t deserve the time of day. With more than 1 in 3 young people having experienced cyber threats online, the dangers of the platform are plain to see. It’s pretty simple to stay out of trouble with friends and relatives on these sites however; just don’t post what you wouldn’t say in real life.
Up and Away
As social networking has encompassed a mass audience, the benefits and positive messages that have been harnessed and promoted through these sites have become worldwide headline news and websites such as Twitter have amassed a global network of users that have evolved over the years. Teenagers are now able to share stories and news instantly, photos of their favourite nights out and signature memories can be posted in a second and shared to thousands at a time. Even such mundane tasks such as sitting in a lesson are displayed side-by-side with brilliant charity work re-tweeted and shared by millions. The platform of these sites has become accustomed to being filled with pointless, everyday tasks that are somehow enjoyed and empathised with by society; this nature of empathy is exactly the reason that these sites have become so popular.
As long as you follow the basic rules of social networking, this medium can be used exactly how you envisage it. Connect with friends, meet long lost relatives and stir up conversations with people you otherwise may never have known.
Just try not to post one of the 71% of tweets each day that gain no reaction.