Experiencing Social Media for the first time is enlivening. It’s huge. From your bedroom, you can talk to someone on another continent. Technology has done it again. The Social Media trend is upon us, and like babies learning to walk, we’re stumbling headlong into it.
So what do we do?
We upload pictures that are so raunchy that porn stars blush when they see them. All you want is a little recognition anyway–right? You always wanted to be a model, so you upload the types of images you think will get you noticed. Now, every pervert within a 50-mile radius knows who you are and where you live.
Everything that happens on the Internet … stays on the Internet…
- chat messages
- forged profiles
These items will be floating around in cyber land long after we’re reduced to a memory. That’s why we are compelled to make sure our children understand the complexities of Social Media, and its long-term effect on:
- job applications
- college applications
- mortgage applications
Young people are not prepared to make global footprints, because Social Media is not just a trend; it’s an explosion. Despite the genius behind Internet technology that affords us so many benefits around the world–it can still turn on you. This is especially crucial for today’s young people.
I was well into my 30s when I lunged into cyber waters. I didn’t have a global adolescence like so many children of the current Social Media craze.
Today, young people have networking profiles by age 12, but they don’t possess the people skills necessary for interaction on that level.
According to the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), “Many of the most popular sites amongst 11 and 12 year olds, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, have a minimum age of 13.”
Social Media is the stage for “Cyberbullying”, which is blamed for teenage suicides–based on global footprints (or comments).
Some disagree that cyberbullying is responsible for teen suicides–and they point to mental illness as a contributing factor. I believe cyberbullying pulls the trigger. Cyberbullying is effective because it humiliates the victim before a global audience, which makes it the ultimate attack. It’s Social Media madness … and we tolerate it. Some of us participate.