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

nice post
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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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completely wrong!!!!!

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.

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just needed this

it is a very good website for children who need points for debates

hi this is nice

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thx fr d valuable info…

this site helped my ict work thanks:)

i want more.. maybe you can also site the negative effect of social networking-site

cool

With this social networking service people around the world are interacting’s is such a way with very high speed that can be both good and bad for the world.

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I enjoyed the article and found it useful putting together a health program campaign for my place of work – I also agree with many of the comments even though I do not own a smart phone and lack a Facebook account. I know that for some social media is a generational trend…though I work with colleagues in their late 60’s who have embraced the new form of communication. The most amusing side for me reading the comments is to see that spelling, grammar, and punctuation is lacking in nearly every response. Very funny!

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It is a load of rubbish. I am a child myself and I regret being exposed to social networks.

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rubish

social networking is coll

This is my response to anyone who thinks it’s bad and risky:
The child is ONLY at a risk if they out their personal details online. That’s it. It doesn’t matter if you locked your account or what, just don’t put your personal details online.

As. User of social networking for talking to complete strangers who share a commen interest and hobby as me, I can tell you I have found many great friends, and have learned a lot about the culture of the other countries in which they live in. Also, it has given me the confidence to say ‘hi’ to a random person and to stand up against people who out down me or my work in any way.

In the past, people have said ‘Oh, I wish we could create a device where I would be able to talk to ANYONE in the world, and find old friends and make new ones who share a commen interest’.
Now we have that, we do nothing but complain about the negatives about it, instead of embracing the positives.
Be happy with what you have. If a child is being stalked because he post personal info online, it is not social networking’s fault, it is his, for posting the information in the first place.

Is there on author or something? because i’am using this article for my English assignment and a need a reference.

In response to the person above me, I can’t find one. I used this as a source as well, and just put ‘unknown author’ and included the site name, the name of the article, and the URL.

I think social media advantage is more than the disadvantage and in my own opinion it is a blessing but the way you make use of it matters alot.thank

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nice but expected some more stronger points especially with some examples so that reader can understand the points clearly and it can help him in debates and discussions otherwise it is nice

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well done

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As and educator and a parent of teens, I find this article helpful but also dangerous. I guess you could say it has the same postive and negavite potential as social media.

As with anything, social media and computers need to be moniterd by parents. We also have to remember development. Children and teens are still working out cause and effect type thinking and the internet does not feel real.

Some children and teens can handle social networking and reap many of the benifits with few negatives. Many do not have the skills or the brain development to manage it and many parents lag behind their children in technology awarness.

By third or fourth grade most students know how to set up dummy email and FB accounts without their parents knowing it. By 6th grade many know how to get past parent controls, wipe out history and any conversations on Social networking they do not want tracked. (Doesn’t matter that they conversations are still out there. The parents cannot see them so the kids are good.)

I personally know several 12 year olds that were approached by a sexual preditor on FB. Thank goodness for alert parents. According to the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, children are at a great risk of being violate by a preditor on line than they are at the local park. Yet we won’t let them go to the park by themselves, but many are aloud on the internet unsupervised.

So the big question is, how do we let our children enjoy the benift of social media while still keeping them safe?

The best answer, eat dinner together every night. In other words strengthing family connections.

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really liked it

good website

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i think your right but can i point out this is a social networking site

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it didn`t help me that much with my home work

i didn`t like it

Hi, I´m Abraham Lincoln:
Firstly, I would like to thank you for this important information about social networking that you share with us.
I am improving my skills as educator, and I believe that social network pages can be used as s education tools to teach the future adults.

i love it

I would mention this to my wife for our kids.

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The users comments about social media being: “idealistic rubbish! Communicating with someone you don’t know over the internet is extremely fool-hardy and dangerous” is obviously written by somebody who doesn’t understand how social media works. Their view is wrong and probably just some pushy parent/teacher. You can’t make comments about something you do not understand or have a first hand experience using.

I myself am 17 years old, I live in the UK and have a great experience using social media, particularly twitter and Instagram. Two of my best friends I made through twitter. I believe that most middle age people do not understand the benefits of social media, this isn’t their fault, its whats portrayed in the media and they believe it because they are scared and don’t understand it. Yes there are some very weird people on the internet and yes they could potentially be dangerous. But not if you use common sense and just ignore them. The majority of these “dangerous people” are just some kid on the other side of the world, who is sitting in their bedroom and has no friends or supportive parent. Its the same as your average playground bully, they normally are not from a good home.

I am what you might call “twitter famous” meaning that I have a lot of followers. I often receive “hate” from other users. But when you click on their profile you just see its just some kid, who doesn’t fit in at school and takes their anger out on strangers on the internet. You don’t get worried or upset about this kid calling you a “******” or whatever, because you know that he/she receives this hate in real life in the playground, at college, on streets, etc and you just feel sorry for them. Also if you post a picture of yourself doing something stupid, then undoubtedly you’re going to get hate. It would be the same if you said something stupid in a class room, or fell over in the playground. You would get teased about it. It happens everyday at school, college and in the work place. And if you can’t handle that then tough shit. That’s the way the world is, and that’s the way it is online too.

The positives of Social media far outweigh the negatives, my dad for instance found his new job on twitter somebody tweeted that they needed a programer and where to apply, dad saw this tweet and got the job. Try if for yourself, sign up to facebook (although thats not very good), twitter, Instagram, tumblr, etc and see it working and the power of it. Although if none of your friends have any of these, then you’re not going to anything out of it.

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ehh it was ok :( #notcoolbro

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it is lame

okay i guess

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helped me alot

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awesome info

Thanks helpped with grade 8 speech and task the day before the due date
Thanks

awsome

it is very very dangeous to do social networking

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Parent stop complaining we are doing business

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thanks

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I think this websites gives a good insight on the advantages or the benefits that social media or social netoworking can have. Both sides of the argument are more or less correct. We ALL have to acknowledge the fact that there are benefits and drawbacks to social media.

I disagree wth u bcz there are many people dat wll die in social netwrks myb someone came to see a person dat havn’t see before or blnddate

it help me a lot i can research more important details by using social networking

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I think this is a really great website, because there’s a lot of useful information such as the benefits of social networking. This is really helping me to find more information on the benefits of social networking, since I need it for my school debate.

Hi this one is so nice of matter thanku one and all

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