Best Way to Prepare Teenagers for the Risks of Social Media.docx

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Running head: BEST WAY TO PREPARE TEENAGERS FOR THE RISKS OF SOCIAL MEDIA 1 Best Way to Prepare Teenagers for the Risks of Social Media Jordan Tollett Writing & Reasoning Foundations Kaydee Phillips March 14, 2016
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BEST WAY TO PREPARE TEENAGERS FOR THE RISKS OF SOCIAL MEDIA 2 Best Way to Prepare Teenagers for the Risks of Social Media In today’s society social media is part of everyday life. I would say most teenagers have at least one form of social media, if not multiple forms of social media. Some social media sites include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. It is now part of our culture that you have some sort of social media account. It is considered “cool” and normal for today’s teenagers to have a social media account. Experts say that 90% of teens have used some form of social media and that 75% of them have a profile on at least one social media account. Social media can be good and fun to use; but it can also be bad and have consequences if not taught what is appropriate to use on your accounts. It is very important for teenagers to know the risks associated with social media and be taught what is appropriate to post on their accounts. Teenagers having a social media account isn’t a problem, but knowing the risks that come with having an account can be. In my opinion, a couple of the biggest risks of social media with teens are cyberbullying and online predators. Now I know that these aren’t the only problems but I do think they are some of the biggest and most common ones that take place. They are both very serious problems and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Cyberbullying is a very serious form of bullying. It allows teens to bully other teens online without having to interact with them in person. Cyberbullying is when someone uses the social media account to harass, humiliate, and pick on someone else. I have personally seen documentaries about this and have read stories about cyberbullying. I have never personally experienced cyberbullying but know how serious and hurtful it can be. Cyberbullying is a risk of
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