What is a social networking website? Social Networking Websites cater to teens now age 13, but also to adults. This is a web-based form of communication among friends, family and others. Social networking websites provide a computer-based (or virtual) network of friends to form a community and communicate amongst each other, or to seek out others in which to correspond. Is this dangerous, especially for our children and teens? Absolutely! It has been quoted in many publications that social networking communities provide a "breeding ground for internet predators." Are all social networking websites bad? Not necessarily. Below are some of the positives that social networking websites have as well as the cons they also provide.
How social networking sites can be helpful to kids or teens in school? Students are able to post comments, visuals, formulas, and helpful hints, related to class activities in school for homework assignments and projects. Schools will use a blog format to publish its an
nouncements, events and activities or newspaper. This enables students to stay more in touch, as well as allow them to post comments and enables them to access information they may need for a particular project. An author of a blog can post as a way to express their comments on a particular reading and/or writing. Teens who are interested in certain authors or topics have a way to keep up on the author's work or specialized topics.
Have social networking sites reached no boundaries? There are endless possibilities for these websites, teachers and students from all over the country can work together on a topic to create a unit of study either in Science, English or Math. There are truly good uses for social networking sites. The above lends some discussion to help educate people on the good uses of social networking sites as opposed to the bad things that arise from their use.