Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Many people especially teenagers are using the Internet as a form of social behavior replacing older methods of communicating between one another.

But when Internet considered as the place where younger generation could say not-so-nice things to one another, every parents start to worry on the fact that Internet could make they children’s behavior into Anti Social behavior.

Teens and Internet

Teenagers with Anti Social Behavior have become one of the biggest concerns for every parent, as a matter of fact it become one of the worst nightmare for every parents if they find out their child struggling with this kind behavior.

Therefore when the statistics appears in a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project said that nearly nine out of every ten teenagers have witnessed cruelty to others on social networks, every parent now have a reason why they should be concerned.

The survey also said that 88 percent of social media-using teens have witnessed other users being mean or cruel on social networks, and 25 percent have had an experience on social network that resulted in a face-to-face argument or confrontation with someone.

According to the study at California State University with social networks sites like Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, teens will eventually spending their times on these sites and this can cause them to develop and anti-social behavior.

The study by Larry Rosen, a psychology professor, also said that social media’s impact on preteens and teenagers seemed to have a negative effect on people in that age group.

He further said that social Media has infiltrated every aspect of daily life, and in each area could cause potential roadblocks.

For example, social media can really affecting their education.

Among the students who got lower grades in their school, said the study, most checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period.

Those who had Facebook open on their computers during that study period, lower reading retention rates were observed.

This is proving that checking your Facebook page and Twitter timeline while in a classroom will disturb teenager’s concentration.

Another disturbing behavior that found in the Internet is in a form of Cyber-bullying.

Hurtful comments or provocative remarks in the Internet is a usual thing that can be seen everywhere in Internet.

This negative activity can harm teenagers especially when the negative comments are addressed to them.

Then, what kind of solution that all the parents need to do in order to prevent their children to do such bad things to other and to themselves in the Internet?

Rosen said that parental website monitoring turn out wasn’t necessarily the answer.

“If you feel that you have to use some sort of computer program to surreptitiously monitor your child’s social networking, you are wasting your time because they will find a workaround in a matter of minutes.”

Rosen believes that parents should do more listening that lecturing when handling this type of situation.

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“Hey..you look familiar. Add me 😉

How old are you? 

 I’d really love to meet you.”

Sound familiar? Of course, it sounds like what may seem to be a genuine conversation starter. But if this is being said to a 12 year old school girl, we should be worried. This is exactly what many young girls AND boys are facing in the deceiving yet attractive world of technology. Online child grooming is a serious issue and is being looked into by the Australian Institute of Criminology.It’s called child grooming and it’s becoming a frightening issue arising in contemporary society. A child groomer is generally known to lure a child or children into a trustworthy relationship by usually faking an identity which appeals to the victim. Facebook, MSN/Windows Live and even websites such as Neopets (an online virtual pet world, where individuals create an online pet and integrate them into the community with other Neopets) are tools for child groomers to find their victims.

The most recent case of child grooming was by a Melbournian who used Facebook to groom minors for sex. The 22-year-old is in jail for 15 months for posing as a 14 year-old boy and using the social network site as a service to seduce young girls. Then after presenting several images, videos and graphics to the child and normalising the idea of sexual activity, a child groomer tries to make the child accept this sort of behaviour.

The video below explains the actual process of child grooming and how serious it actually is. 

Similar to child grooming, recently in New South Wales there was the case of the ‘facebook killer’. An 18 year old girl was lured into bushland and murdered after a 22-year old man faked his identity as a team leader from the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service. He found out she was an animal lover after researching into her hobbies and lifestyle using that to gain her trust. Child groomers also use hobbies and interests of children to communicate freely and attract them.

Parents need to monitor their children when on the internet. China has gone as far as banning Facebook, but all that’s really needed is parental supervision.

In this day and age, the internet has become a playground for predators. Whether you monitor your child or not determine’s how vulnerable they are to predators.