Benefits of Online Social Networking

While there are risks inherent in online social networking, there are also many potential benefits. Social networking can provide opportunities for new relationships as well as strengthening existing relationships, whether your kids’ friends are close to home or across the world. It’s important to be vigilant when your kids are getting involved in online social networking, but it’s also good to encourage positive relationships through various avenues, including the Internet.

Real-Life Benefits of Online Social Networking

  • Kids can gain social confidence from interacting with other people online, which may help them feel more secure in new situations, such as going to college, joining a sports team, and meeting new friends.
  • Because social networking—like everything else online—is constantly evolving, kids can become more familiar with new and emerging technologies, as well as increase their media literacy through exposure to many different types of online media that are shared by their friends.
  • Many kids find support in online communities; this is especially true for kids who have unique interests or feel isolated. Encourage your child to find other kids who are interested in the same thing or may be dealing with similar issues.
  • Online communities can be very diverse and expose your child to many new viewpoints, ideas, and opinions that she may not be familiar with.
  • Kids tend to use social networking to augment—not replace—their real-world relationships, helping them learn to communicate in many different ways. Social networking is becoming an increasingly important method of communicating in schools and the workplace, so it’s good for your child to be prepared to communicate through sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Keeping in touch with family members that live far away can become much easier through the use of online social networking. By sharing updates, photos, videos, and messages, family members can stay connected even if the live across the country—or the world.

Social Networking in Schools

  • Social networking is becoming increasingly important in schools—Facebook, Moodle, SecondLife, Digg, and other sites are often used by teachers to communicate with students or for out-of-classroom discussions.
  • Youth can further explore topics that they’re interested in through online social networking. By making connections with other people who have the same interest, kids can learn and exchange knowledge with others they may not have had the opportunity to interact with.
  • Teachers often take advantage of students’ social networking abilities to create class blogs, discussion forums, videos, and more. By collaborating with other students and teachers through online social networking, children are able to build stronger school communities.
 

Comments

Hey i am doing a project for english and im wondering what negative effects are seen from the parents and adults perspective from social networking. Whether it is in public or with interactions from family how has social networking affected your children?

As a mother i can tell that i’m afraid that someone could bully my child, send inappropriate pictures or threats in messages.

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As a Computer Mediated Communication(CMC) student, I am doing an assignment on the advantages and disadvantages of Social Networking.It seems like disadvantages are ascallating over advantages.So, why there is an increasingly number of people using Social Networks?

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thought it was okay could be better!?!?

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What idealistic rubbish! Communicating with someone you don’t know over the internet is extremely fool-hardy and dangerous; students inclined to such behaviours are perfect pickings for online predators.
Furthermore, you overestimate the value of social networking in schools – what you suggest could lead to further degeneration of the already suffering education system. Internet resources are great for augmenting school studies, not replacing them, as what this article suggests WILL inevitably lead to.
Encouraging children and school-aged students to use social networking is a BAD idea, and can potentially jeopardise their future career: the longer one spends on a social network, the greater ‘digital footprint’ one will accumulate. Forget about ‘privacy’, forget about ‘I deleted it’ or ‘I’m sure my account is secure’ – everything you post or say on a social network is recorded in their database and can be used against you. Any hacker worth his salt can view your account no matter how ‘private’ it is. Deletion is just an illusion – everything is recorded. In other words, if you do anything stupid on a social network, no matter how much you regret it, and now matter how thorough you are in ‘deleting it’ can be viewed by a prospetive employer in the future. Discretion can be advised as much as you want, but occasionally, students err in judgement: in this digital age, such an error could have massive repercussions. Furthermore, your contention that social networking exposes children to a diverse range of ideas, viewpoints and opinions is absolutely ridiculous. The fact is, social networking, and the internet in general, is NOT the place to expose oneself to new schools of thought. The amount of wild, idiotic idealogies a child would easily be able to find on the internet could poison their thought process and potentially lead to further issues in life. If you want to expose yourself to new opinions and ideas, learn to socialise and chat to people around you (face-to-face), as well as to educate yourself with books (to ensure at least some modicum of legitimacy). All in all, the contents of this article are comparable to wild rantings of madmen: if you want to protect your child, and make them grow up in a desirable, nurturing environment, teach them to NOT rely on the internet, and to keep social networking to an absolute minimum (preferrable none).

according to me what the person above said is just 50 % true as social networking sites do harm but they also do gud …..they help us to connect to our alll tym lost friends, start a campaign , creeate awareness or other things. though the time for exposure can be limited upto 3-4 hrs per week they can easily be monitoredd by their ‘aware
‘ parents and even if we meet face to faace watz the guarentee that thw [erson u r meeting will do no harm to u….therefore dear parents plz think the positive sides along with negative sides too….

social networking is a boon effect to us but we as we need to and now days more than advantage it cause disadvantage

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awesome…

communication with a unknown person will also give you some experience..
its not always like that you know everyone
rather more often you have to tackle unknown and new faces
you should be ready (always) to deal with new ones because it is a part of life and your com skills are required to such a job
you can have exchange of different ideas and thoughts
your ability to judge people increases
social networks provide us with a chance to improve our mental level
and one more thing they dont make you feel bore and that is i think is their beauty

what is realy the good impact of social networking on our societies

“according to me what the person above said is just 50 % true as social networking sites do harm but they also do gud …..they help us to connect to our alll tym lost friends, start a campaign , creeate awareness or other things. though the time for exposure can be limited upto 3-4 hrs per week they can easily be monitoredd by their ‘aware
‘ parents and even if we meet face to faace watz the guarentee that thw [erson u r meeting will do no harm to u….therefore dear parents plz think the positive sides along with negative sides too….”

^^^ I think that may be an awesome example of a con of social networking… Sometimes, it encourages people to type like that.

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i agree. This article is almost completely wrong.

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Good site!

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This articles completely pinpoints the advantages. The disadvantages are always going to be there.

What idealistic rubbish! Communicating with someone you don’t know over the internet is extremely fool-hardy and dangerous; students inclined to such behaviours are perfect pickings for online predators.
Furthermore, you overestimate the value of social networking in schools – what you suggest could lead to further degeneration of the already suffering education system. Internet resources are great for augmenting school studies, not replacing them, as what this article suggests WILL inevitably lead to.
Encouraging children and school-aged students to use social networking is a BAD idea, and can potentially jeopardise their future career: the longer one spends on a social network, the greater ‘digital footprint’ one will accumulate. Forget about ‘privacy’, forget about ‘I deleted it’ or ‘I’m sure my account is secure’ – everything you post or say on a social network is recorded in their database and can be used against you. Any hacker worth his salt can view your account no matter how ‘private’ it is. Deletion is just an illusion – everything is recorded. In other words, if you do anything stupid on a social network, no matter how much you regret it, and now matter how thorough you are in ‘deleting it’ can be viewed by a prospetive employer in the future. Discretion can be advised as much as you want, but occasionally, students err in judgement: in this digital age, such an error could have massive repercussions. Furthermore, your contention that social networking exposes children to a diverse range of ideas, viewpoints and opinions is absolutely ridiculous. The fact is, social networking, and the internet in general, is NOT the place to expose oneself to new schools of thought. The amount of wild, idiotic idealogies a child would easily be able to find on the internet could poison their thought process and potentially lead to further issues in life. If you want to expose yourself to new opinions and ideas, learn to socialise and chat to people around you (face-to-face), as well as to educate yourself with books (to ensure at least some modicum of legitimacy). All in all, the contents of this article are comparable to wild rantings of madmen: if you want to protect your child, and make them grow up in a desirable, nurturing environment, teach them to NOT rely on the internet, and to keep social networking to an absolute minimum (preferrable none).

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2012-07-24 09:51.
according to me what the person above said is just 50 % true as social networking sites do harm but they also do gud …..they help us to connect to our alll tym lost friends, start a campaign , creeate awareness or other things. though the time for exposure can be limited upto 3-4 hrs per week they can easily be monitoredd by their ‘aware
‘ parents and even if we meet face to faace watz the guarentee that thw [erson u r meeting will do no harm to u….therefore dear parents plz think the positive sides along with negative sides too….

i think social networking is both good and bad for children it just depends on how long do you use it and for what purposes do you use it most on….*********

mehh, its ok, i see where you are coming from…

Yeah I totally agree…
Both the views are totally right on their part.. But it totally depends on how you look at it.
It’s not that we rely TOTALLY on the net, but we can use it to give different opinions as well… Like right now! It’s like a glass half-filled with water. It depends on how you see it :-
‘Half-empty’ or ‘half-full’ :)
Just my point of view.
And hats off to the posters it has helped in my debate :D

Yeah I totally agree…
Both the views are totally right on their part.. But it totally depends on how you look at it.
It’s not that we rely TOTALLY on the net, but we can use it to give different opinions as well… Like right now! It’s like a glass half-filled with water. It depends on how you see it :-
‘Half-empty’ or ‘half-full’ :)
Just my point of view.
And hats off to the posters it has helped in my debate :D

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wow… an excellent website… it changed up my views about social networking sites… so it concludes that social networking sites are boon to us… not a so called bane… i luv u sanyam… will u kiss me…
by aakarshit jain : )
om namah shivaya…

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Good site.
I found this page really informative.This site helped me a lot for English debate.

It does entirely depend upon how you look at it. There should not be any reason for radical opinions on this topic. First hand interaction is important, but so is engaging in social media. It is just as dangerous, if not more, to approach a stranger face to face. If the stranger asked you to come with him to his house, the logical answer would be no. The internet is the same, and it takes a responsible parent to teach a child to react responsibly to both circumstances. However, I lean more towards the use of social media in school because I am now a college student and wish I was able to learn more about social media in elementary school.

Before I came to college, I needed a way to contact my soon to be roommate. I was able find her on Facebook—after a very lengthy search—and discuss what each of us would bring. I wouldn’t have been able to contact her at all had she not been of Facebook, which was a huge benefit. Once I got here, nearly everything school oriented is found on the internet and various social networks. My chemistry class uses a website designed specifically for chemistry. I need an Id and password to gain access and then I must submit each individual problem separately. In order to get a code for this website, my teacher encouraged us to post onto the chemistry Facebook page in order to contact a previous student about buying their old books and log in information. As for all my other classes, my assignments and due dates are found online on ilearn(which is a form of moodle). All of these assignments are either discussions on forums with other students or essays that must be submitted online.

Going from a class environment where everything is printed or handed in to classes that are almost completely digital was a struggle. Times are changing and it is necessary to have these skills. The dangers do exist, but dangers always exist. Prohibiting children from this knowledge of technology or responsibility through technology could be detrimental for their future education. It is definitely something to think about before claiming a point, because both sides have merit.

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Great info. I loved it as much as I love Apoorva and Mandara. Pls do more on such topics.

I think it is a huge informing site

I think the views given for advantage is true because in our society everything has some merits and demerits
it depends on us how we utilize it
if used positively it is boon if used wrongly then it is a curse

every new thing comes with a positive as well as negative aspect….it depends on an individual….how they take it.
science has given us advantages of being in contact with our loved ones….make it easy to search info related to any country,any monuments…anything
so we must understand its importance…and use it as much as possible in positive direction

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i think this website is great and it has helped me through some coursework and as i was reading other comments i saw that some people do not think that social networking sites are dangerous i can tell you that they are but i think it is great that this website focuses on the good points as if you asked someone at random for a view on social networking it would usually be negative!

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not nice at all!

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“Hey i am doing a project for english and im wondering what negative effects are seen from the parents and adults perspective from social networking. Whether it is in public or with interactions from family how has social networking affected your children?” Me too.

i think this a well done research since it has helped me alot in my research …..so itz rilli a good one ….xoxo

social networking site advantages given in the website is not so much impressive and not too bad also

great info

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it really helped me out with my English project

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As the saying ‘‘whatever has an advantage always has a disadvantage’‘ so does social networking has advantages and disadvantages.

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awesome information

i like social networking website some people do no know what is importance of social media thy are unaware of it this website prove help full to such people

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Hi there i am actually debating this topic at school and this website has actually made my understanding a whole lot better although i don’t agree with all the information its a very informative website and would recommend it to anyone.

All the points are negatives but you’ve worded them to sound positive!!!!

it increases teenager’s knowlege

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it has helped for my english speech …... thanks to the site

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this is soooooo helpful! it gave me really good marks in my English speech! Thanks!!

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it helped me a lot! thanks

Thanks a loy everybody 4 the meaningfull contributions.the media i believe, is both positive and negative.it all depends on the user and his extent of maturity.:.....Nnokam Chioma

i like social networking website some people do no know what is importance of social media thy are unaware of it this website prove help full to such people

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