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Social media, also known as Web 2.0, is understood by many people to be the wave of the future when it comes to communication and commerce, but what exactly is it? How will this change our culture and society? How is it affecting our children and what should we do about it? These questions have to be answered before anyone can appreciate the magnitude of the impact that this new technology will have on our world. It is literally revolutionizing the way human beings live their lives.

 

One of the biggest players is Facebook. By now, almost 10% of the planet has a Facebook account. Yes, that’s right, I said planet. There are literally more than 700,000,000 registered users, half of which are on their accounts any given day. It’s not just a bunch of kids, either. The fastest growing demographic is women age 35 to 65. Facebook also passed up Google as the most visited website in 2010. While it has amazing possibilities for good, there are also dangers that cannot be ignored. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that these social networking sites are a fad that will come and go. There are a wide variety of sites, for sure, but they all revolve around the main concept of relating to others through the internet rather than face to face.

Social Networking: Advantages vs. Addictions
The rise of the internet age has enabled us to live a life at a faster pace. Because of the freedom the web provides, millions of people can communicate at the same time. Never before in human history has there been a time like this. What’s most intriguing about this revolution is that children and teens are leading the way.   The younger section of society comprised of children, pre-teens and teens accounts for a very large portion of the internet populace. The same group also accounts for the most rapid increase in internet use. And when this group stays online, the...Read More >>
 
The Relationship of Social Networking and Children
Who says social networking is only for adults? In this age and time, the type of freedom provided by the internet has enabled people of all ages to communicate and interact online with no limits. That means that Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are not exclusively for teens and adults, but are accessible to children as well. But the problem many parents have is whether to allow their kids to conveniently and freely join social networking sites.   As in the case of Facebook and MySpace, children below thirteen are theoretically not allowed to join, and that is for good reason. There are...Read More >>
Social Media
Staying Smart with Social MediaEmail was once the main tool of communication for the internet. When the web first invaded our homes, one of the most important and useful tools it gave us was the convenience of communicating with other people all over the world through email. But that was long ago. These days, it’s all about social media and social networking sites, also known as web 2.0.   Social media venues are like a new world for new people. If you don’t have an account in either Facebook or MySpace, then it’s like you’re from another planet. This means that being able to join...Read More >>
Fighting Social Media and Networking AddictionSocial media is the ultimate manifestation of free speech and communication with the world. In fact, it has gotten to a point where many who use social networking sites it live their whole life through the online world. It seems like if you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, you’re not from this world. As for children and teens, getting a life without social networking is like living in caves. A child or teen just can’t accept the idea that all her/his friends are Facebook users while she/he is not – it’s like a cake without the icing.   People...Read More >>

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