Social Networking

Attention Getter: Has anyone here ever added someone on a social networking site, whom you did not know? Well Megan Meier did and it was the tragic end of her. II. Reveal the topic: Today I will be discussing with you, social networking sites and the unhealthy effects it has on our society. III. Establish credibility: I myself am associated with social networking sites, and know firsthand the dangers they can cause. And for the past couple of days I have been researching how harmful they can be to a person. IV. Goodwill:I feel like in this day and age our society uses social networking as their way to communicate, and were losing personal contact with each other. V. Main body points: Today I am going to discuss with you the three most common dangers of social networking. A. Addiction B. Cyber bullying C. Sexual harassment Body I. People’s addiction to social networking sites is fast on the rise, according to a study which said an increasing number of Facebook and Twitter users check their accounts first thing in the morning while some look at their social media messages even while having sex.A. 66% of online Americans use social networking sites today, up from just 20% in 2007. However, what’s notable is that it’s an increasingly additive activity – 43% of people visit multiple times each day. 1. The Gadgetology study asked consumers how they felt about being interrupted at various times and occasions for an electronic message. While 33% said they did not mind being interrupted by message updates “during a meeting”, 76% said they can take a break from their meal to check their accounts.Transition: So now that you know a little bit about how addicting social networks can be, let me tell you about the cyber bullying that goes on in social networks and its effects. II. Cyber bullying affects many adolescents and teens on a daily basis. A. It can be very damaging. Cyber bullying could lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide. Also, once things are circulated on the Internet, they may never disappear, resurfacing at later times to renew the pain of cyber bullying. 1. Cyber bullies think that bullying others online is funny.They may not realize the consequences for themselves of cyber bullying. The things teens post online now may reflect badly on them later when they apply for college or a job. Cyber bullies may face legal charges, and if the bullying was sexual in nature or involved sexting, the results can include being registered as a sex offender. Teens may think that if they use a fake name they won’t get caught, but there are many ways to track someone who is cyber bullying. B. Despite the potential damage of cyber bullying, it is alarmingly common among the youth. . According to statistics from the i-SAFE foundation of cyber bullying, Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying. Transition: I just discussed with you about the dangers of cyber bullying, I’m now going to talk with you about the sexual harassment on social networking sites. III. 16 percent of teens have considered meeting someone that they have only talked to online and 8 percent have actually met someone they only knew online. A.Currently, there are over six hundred thousand Registered Sex Offenders in the United States; an estimated 10,000 have been lost in the system. 1. The predominant sex crime scenario doesn’t involve violence or stranger molesters posing online as children; only 5 percent of offenders concealed the fact they were adults from their victims. Almost 80 percent of offenders were explicit about their intentions with youth. In 73 percent of crimes, youth go to meet the offender on multiple occasions for multiple sexual encounters.B. Four percent of all youth Internet users received aggressive sexual petitions. These requests asked to meet the teens in person, called them on the telephone, or sent offline mail, money, or gifts. Also 4 percent of youth Internet users had distressing sexual requests that left them feeling upset of extremely afraid. Conclusion As you can see, addiction, cyber bullying, and sexual harassment are leading factors in the unhealthy problem that is social networking.Our society is consuming their lives with social networking and all the unproductive things that come along with it. Bullying has reached new heights as a result of social networking leading to depression, anxiety, and even suicide; this is an unexcitable reality we are all living with. More and more teens are in danger every day as a result of sexual harassment on the internet, and social networking does nothing but aid to sex offenders and their crimes.A girl named Megan Meier hung herself as a result of depression caused by bullying on social networking. She was all in your places, thinking she was immune to any harms of social networking and she has now met a tragic end. Let us all take this as a lesson, and stop and think the next time we use a social network, hopefully being more cautious and wary as this can only benefit you in the long run. I would like to thank you all for your time, and wish you all the best.Bibliography I. Social Networking and Students: A Bad Mix? — Inside the School. ” Teaching Strategies and Tips for Secondary Educators — Inside the School. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. <http://www. insidetheschool. com/articles/social-networking-and-students-a-bad-mix/>. 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