How Risky Are Social Networking Sites?
An article about social networking safety. The abstract reads, "Recently, public attention has focused on the possibility that social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are being widely used to sexually solicit underage youth, consequently increasing their vulnerability to sexual victimization. Beyond anecdotal accounts, however, whether victimization is more commonly reported in social networking sites is unknown..."
Material Type: Open Journal-Article
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Date Added to MERLOT: February 17, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 01, 2013
Submitter: Dr. Debra Schwietert
Keywords: Computer, Elementary Education, Internet Safety, Internet, Technology, Social Networking
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Discussion for How Risky Are Social Networking Sites?
1 year ago
Russann Tomlinson (Student)
In Contrast to Social Media sites being a risk to children, I think it also may be of benefit to exposing possible criminal activity or useful in gathering evidence in cases of child neglect and abuse. Parental activity can be monitored. Possible alcohol, drug use, and other such activities can be often detected within parents accounts that may be invaluable insight to their parental care or non-care in regard to children's welfare.
There are two aspects to every issue. Using the social media as a tool to protect children is a viewpoint that was not explored in this publication, but might be very valuable evidence to actually protect minors.
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