There are a lot of various apps for social media that are attractive to students. You may have heard that Snapchat recently launched an IPO which made its cofounders $500 million dollars each in a single day. This is one of the reasons educators are reluctant to incorporate social media into their education curriculum. This does make sense while Snapchat is the hot social media app fro teenagers today there may be another one tomorrow. For example, a new social media app named Live. Me is gaining traction in the United States. Many teenagers and young adults are turning to this app because of its ability to stream live video and also provide a social aspect where you can share video streams with your friends and make new friends. I have seen at least 30 of my young facebook friends using this app to stream live video over the past week.
Despite all the advantages of social media, it is easy to see how toxic it can become and how the use of the platform can be used to do malicious things. Social media is the root of cyberbullying. It is easy to upload someone's private picture or information in front of hundreds, just for the sake of revenge. It is easy to act anonymously online, therefore making it easier to hurt someone without getting caught. Social media is also a place where it is easy to spread false information that no one questions, leading to misinformed people. It is easier to manipulate on the net than any other place. Social media is also a lurking place for predators. Online one only knows what the person in question decides to include, making it easy to prey on others.
5 – Raised of Cyber bullying and Criminal Activities – Use of social networks can expose individuals to harassment or inappropriate contact from others. Unless parents are diligent to filter the Internet content to which their families are exposed, children could be exposed to pornography or other inappropriate content. The Pew Centre, in their Cyber bullying 2010 report, states that 93 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 use the Internet. Of that, 93 percent, 63 percent of them use the Internet daily. Such high usage increases the risk of their being victims of cyber bullying or other cyber crimes.