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Are Social Media Websites Dangerous for Kids?

| December 17, 2010 More



If you are like most parents, you think your children spend too much time on the computer. What they are doing online concerns you, as it would any parent. You have surely heard of MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook and may even have a profile on one or all of these social networking sites. Maybe you are a fan, maybe not. The benefit of these sites is enormous – they are a great way to connect to people and exchange information. That much we know. But is that all your children are doing?

A Substitute for Live Communication

Let’s start with the obvious aspect of social networking. It may be a good way to communicate, but it is certainly not a natural one. It is no substitute for meeting people live. Social networking cannot replace going hiking with a group of friends or playing a soccer game. You could accuse me of being old-fashioned. You may be right. What IS a fact is that social phobias and problems related to social anxiety have increased exponentially since these sites became so popular. Maybe it is just a coincidence. At any rate, chatting to people on Facebook is not equivalent to real human interaction.

When I was in high school (which was ages ago, obviously, I mean, ICQ was in), I was talking to this girl, and we were laughing and joking, and she gasped and said, “Hahaha LOL” with a little snorting laugh. We had another good laugh at that and decided she was a nerd. Well, the virus has spread.

What You Should Be Worried About

I am not going to make the issue of pedophiles and child molesters stalking your kids online part of this post. First of all, because you have already thought of it. Second of all, the Andrei Chikatilo types lurking at train stations have claimed a much higher body count than any Internet stalker, at least so far.

A more relevant concern involves fraud and identity theft. Since people are obligated to provide certain details like their e-mail and location when signing up, this gives ample opportunities for identity theft and related crimes. Someone could pretend to be someone else, whom your kids may know or believe to know (a friend of a friend of a friend on MySpace…) and trick them out of their cash, be it their petty allowance or more if you have given them access to a credit card. If they have not seen a person face to face, they have no way of knowing who they really are.

Finally, a few words about IAD. The Internet Addiction Disorder is on its way to being ranked up there with substance abuse and gambling addiction. It is a major disorder and has a profoundly negative impact on one’s life. Roughly 5-10% of the world population suffers from IAD according to data of the Computer Addiction Study Center at Harvard University’s McLean Hospital. The majority are teenagers. You will know problematic use when you see it, that is, if your child starts off the day by logging on and goes to bed after logging off.


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  1. Praveen says:

    yes it is harmful there is no doubt on that

    the videos and images are bad
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  2. Maximilien says:

    Great article, I totally agree with you.
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  3. I’m also big on NOT sharing one’s cell phone number online – something kids love doing.
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  4. Umair says:

    I personally think that kids should not be on Social Networking sites. They should play games and do sports(preferably) in their spare time.
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  5. It’s quite alarming to know these things. Well, we’re so grateful for letting us aware about this. Kids in grade school are still in industrial stage and they have to mingle and play games with their peers instead. I do appreciate you for sharing this topic to us. It is very informative.

  6. I would love to say no but it is. Most influence and other act of terrorism use the social media as their medium to get in touch with their victims. They sometimes pretend to be what they are to get information what they want. Some social sites also don’t have the ability to track, manage or restrict any activities being use by their minor user. Their terms are not that secured and it is very easy to tamper what the minors identity only to get involved with the society. Parents must be the first one to teach their kids about what are pros an cons about social media. Restricting them and providing them only the sites that are truly fur family use and not something that can affect their belief and knowledge.

  7. esoftload
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    social networks have good as well as bad effects.. so, it’s quite difficult to judge it is dangerous for kids are not…..

  8. Hmmmm

    I think i suffer from IAD too. But then, in my defense, I am essentially an internet entrepreneur so I have no choice now do I?!
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  9. Phil Simon says:

    For me, it matters sometimes and it all depends to the parents of every child. Maybe in some point, social networking is harmful but most of the time, it really gives them a way to socialize more with their friends and to other people. Maybe just a little guide to your child is already good enough to remind them of some of the limitations in using social medias. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  10. Nowadays we are living in a digital age where almost human activities involve with computers. There is nothing wrong with social media it becomes wrong if we overuse it and snatch out our attention from spending quality time with family, love ones, doing outdoor and recreational activities. Well, kids are prone to be victims of this. So we have to be extra careful, and vigilant in exposing them to social networking sites.

  11. Jamie says:

    Honestly, I don’t think so. Social media or even a knife is not dangerous if parents are teaching their kids what is good and what is bad.

  12. no they are not too dangerous..but still require some parental guidance or restrictions…
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  13. Data Center says:

    Social media sites help us to interact with different people and I do believe that this is not too dangerous for kinds as long the parents must monitor their children regarding to this aspect and guided them to the right path..

    Thanks for releasing this informative article…

  14. Anna says:

    As a parent, I wouldn’t allow my daughter being a part of online communities as I think that untill she is 15 or 16 she should communicate with her friends in real life. Otherwise, she’ll have problems. Moreover, some dirty people can use social media for their own dirty purposes.

  15. Jenny says:

    I believe that they are indeed dangerous to kids. However a proper parental guidance can help in this regard.
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  16. Jasmine says:

    I think everyone have to be careful on social media websites. If you are not careful, you might fall victim to people with bad intentions, regardless you are a kid or not. :)
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  17. I don’t think they are dangerous but you do need to teach them the right way to use them and what to avoid. I think you should always check in on your child and check out what they are looking at. Be involved.

  18. Parents just need to take responsibility for their kids. Complacency or laziness is not an option in all aspects of parenting – the use of the internet io no different.

  19. Rakesh says:

    For young kids, it can be really harmful, there are many on the web who keep an eye on easy targets, and kids are easier to fool and take information from.
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  20. Its really very difficult for us parents to check on our kids every move online. Also, hard to isolate them from the internet. Best we can do is guide and train them on what to do & not to do online. And make sure they have healthy & fun activities in the real world.
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  21. Ayush Chand says:

    It’s better to keep away kids form Social Media websites because they can become addicted at a very young age. Facebook can really influence children!
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  22. Sarah Long says:

    I don’t think social media websites are dangerous for kids. Parents just need to teach their kids the proper use of them.

  23. I believe parents should allow their kids to have a social life but at the same time monitor their profiles.
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  24. A social life is needed for all kids, however protecting them is hard via the internet because you never really know who is on the other end of the computer.

  25. DelenaSilverfox says:

    I completely agree with you about social anxiety and networks being a poor substitute for real community. John Taylor Gatto wrote about networks disguising themselves as real communities, but only served to cut people off from their communities, families, and themselves until they feel fragmented and alone in a crowd. Internet time can be useful, but for kids I think it should be in limited increments.

  26. I completely agree with you about social anxiety and networks being a poor substitute for real community. John Taylor Gatto wrote about networks disguising themselves as real communities, but only served to cut people off from their communities, families, and themselves until they feel fragmented and alone in a crowd. Internet time can be useful, but for kids I think it should be in limited increments.
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  27. Naeem says:

    I think childern should play games in play ground. Socila networks are not good for childern. But computer games are good, but not is access.

  28. Danuns Numk says:

    I feel social media sites are little dangerous for kids but it’s unavoidable in the current generation. Parents should encourage them to play outside instead of sitting before the system.

  29. stencils says:

    It may be a good way to communicate, but it is certainly not a natural one. It is no substitute for meeting people live. Social networking cannot replace going hiking with a group of friends or playing a soccer game.

  30. stencils says:

    the current generation. Parents should encourage them to play outside instead of sitting before the system.

  31. Andrew says:

    I did not know that there existed an Internet Addiction Disorder. I can attest to being very attached to my computer and the Internet but I have been able to go without it for days. I could see how kids could become really addicted to the many different entertaining websites. Parents should monitor their kid’s usage.
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  32. Chuck says:

    Yes they definitely are dangerous. There are a lot of crazy people out there and children can be very naive at times. Way too easy to fake being somebody on facebook or myspace. Half the adults even post way too much information on these sites.
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  33. jord says:

    It’s not the social networking sites that are dangerous, its the people that use them. All of this happens regardless.

  34. The important thing with this subject is to look at things in context. There are dangers online and we all (and especially parents) have to be aware of these. But we also must remember that the dangers are not quite as common as we are often led to believe. We have to be cautious but not afraid of the internet.

  35. Amy says:

    It still amazes me how fast technology has grown. I remember when pagers were the coolest thing around and always having change for the bus and payphones. I had to use a payphone not too long ago because my phone died, and it was $1.00 to use the phone! I remember when it was 25 cents! Anyways, back on track, I think that social websites should be monitored and limited because these kids will see the same “friends” on their Facebook, at school.

  36. lisa says:

    Social medias are Dangerous for kids But now a day’s it is requirement or hobby of some of kids. So, it is not easy to stop using social media for the kids but it may be happened that parents may encourage their child for playing the outdoor games before sitting on the system. It is better to play computer games other than social media…………..

  37. Kriska says:

    Yeah, Facebook asks to confirm you are 13 when you sign up – when I was younger I just lied on those screens, as I’m sure kids do now.

    Fact is this ‘social’ site is really keeping people from actually connecting with eachother… Now we can hide up inside our houses and actually never have to meet face to face with our ‘hundreds’ of friends.

    I had a facebook account (which I’ve now deleted over privacy issues) and I know for a fact that there is much on there NOT appropriate for a 13 year old.

    My solution? I have to do my darndest to educate my children.

  38. Steve from Electric Cig says:

    It can be dangerous for kids that’s why i highly suggest to advise your kids to change their privacy settings in Facebook. Also, remind them to add friends that they only know and not just random stranger that they met in the mall.

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