Facebook has become a phenomenon all over the world. Young, old and even children are all connected. Social networking is an interesting way to make friends, keep in touch, express yourself, share emotions, but also have a hidden negative and dangerous face.
The first ones that are in danger are the adolescents because they are numerous and the most active in this social network, which is the most used in the world. They are therefore the first potential victims. They can suffer harassment, be insulted, receive obscene images, among others.
Most importantly, teens share personal matters without realizing that their privacy is publicly exposed. Not to mention that young rebels still use the tools available to insult their contacts or to denigrate their colleagues' reputation.
Schools are concerned about the negative repercussion of social networks on the lives of their learners, since the exposure of conflicts and disputes on the web lead to real excesses, problems that do not always have a happy ending.
Facebook is a thief's paradise. It is often used for misappropriation of photos or identity theft. To pretend to be someone else, just create a fake profile on that person's name and start adding "friends."
Facebook has positive and fun aspects, but this social network unfortunately is also risky because it carries with it a great danger: pedophilia. The most vulnerable teens are easy targets for pedophiles and sex offenders. As for statistics from public agencies in several countries, they show that a dozen children a year are victims of sexual violence by a pedophile after meeting on the Internet.
Facebook decreases the ability to concentrate
Many children spend more time on Facebook than doing their homework. At night, after school, they do their homework by browsing the Site. It would therefore be impossible to concentrate fully on schoolwork. A recent survey * reveals that 52% of teens from 13 to 17 years admit to go to Facebook while they study. And 35% confessed that they do this at least 30 minutes every day during class.
Facebook, the enemy of couples
One study also showed that using Facebook stimulated jealousy and mistrust in couples. The more time a person spends on this site, the more suspicious they become of their partner. It seems that the feeling of not having more exclusivity causes difficulty in the couple. When you reveal your intimacy, your spouse may feel left out or feel that you share more with your virtual friends than with him. This site is even more risky than a dating site because it can create a virtual intimacy very quickly.
How to protect children from the potential dangers of Facebook?
Parents need to talk to their children about everything, including the Internet. Facebook is just another danger that your child is exposed on the net. It's worth warning them about the hidden pitfalls and explaining the tools they have to protect their privacy on social media.
Above all, it is important to control the usage time and monitor access.
* research: ICT Kids Online, released by the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil (CGI.br)