The special networking media provides both positive and negative risks to the youths who are using it. Youths get most of the opportunities through use of the social media whereby; they might be positive or even negatively affect their lives. It is proven that most of the risks from the social media and the media in general are very harmful (O’Sullivan, 2013). Most of the youths who use the social media tend to display all their real information concerning their whereabouts. Displaying of real information about you in the social media is not safe because; it can be used to track you down; hence, causes more harm than good. Studies have shown that most of the people use their real names in the social media instead of using nick names which make it hard for people to get their real life information. Disclosing your real birth dates in the social media poses some threat of privacy and the youth security which might cost them their lives.
Revealing of e-mail and IM screen names is very sensitive once done to other people because; they might use it as a flat form to harm you. Research has shown that people who disclose important information also disclose their home town information as well; hence, ends up eliminating their privacy (Xia, 2009). Elimination of privacy gives strangers full access to trace the person in his locality. If the strangers are targeting to kill the young person, it will be easier for them to do so because; they have all the information regarding where they can trace or track him. Strangers have found potential victims whom they could track them down using the social networking services and even abused and deprived them off their right to live.
Male youths are fond of disclosing their phone numbers more than females do, thus they are at a greater risk of being tracked down by strangers and even killed as compared to females. There is a very big gap on gender difference and disclosing of information, which makes the youth males to be at a high risk of information disclosure. Male who disclose their information are aged between 18-22 years and they increase their life risk, which might cost them their life. Youth male social media users react more enthusiastically; hence, the reason as to why they disclose their information very fast to the public (Nguyen, 2009). They are eager to make more female friends whom they know less about and might be the cause of problems in their lives. They are out to show their availability and readiness to be with the other partner they met on the social media. Also, they avail their personal information as a way of proving that they are independent and very powerful as compared to other people around them. Male have a more positive attitude towards the internet as compared to females because; they even know how to use it accordingly. They are regarded to be more powerful in causing harm to another individual using the internet.
Social media allows youth to develop new contacts and friendship with peers whom they met a long time ago or even new ones. Also, social media help people to keep in touch with peers from different parts of the world whereby, these friendships have impacts to youth horizon. The youths can have a successful integration among one another and participate well in different community activities. Online friendship can be helpful; since, a friend can invite another to a job interview that the opponent wasn’t aware of (McHale, 2002). In return, the person invited by a friend to a job interview might end up securing the chance to do the job again. Such friendship proves to be beneficial because; it led to job acquisition to a jobless youth. Social media helps retain friends who are very far from you; since, you can meet them in the social media and chat with them at any time of the day. Friends who are connected together through use of the social media feel very close to one another, even though they are very far in terms of distance.
Sharing information among youths has been made possible through use of the social media platform therefore; once there is any arising issue in a given country youths have a flat form to share information. They get opportunity to exchange ideas that will be listened to and given considerations if need be. Youths have the chance to air their views through use of the social media to even media programs in then TV as well in the radios. In case they have any question regarding a program that is currently aired, they are free to tweet, send a message to the TV face book page and get answers to their questions with an immediate response. Youths are able to have public voice and engage in self-expression where they can show how they feel about an issue that has cropped up. The European Youth forum is a good example of a group that used the social media to increase the dialogue between children and decision makers who can help young people to use the internet safely.
Pictures that have been displayed in the profile of a face book user have been used in criminal courts. They are used to investigate the person who owns them and how he should be charged in court of law for committing criminal act in posting an abusive profile picture. Employers in some cases perform a general check of the face book information of their applicants to know the kind of person they are dealing with (McHale, 2002). Some youths who use high profile pictures that were not intent ended for the function that they are using it for, end up being accused in court and charged heavily. Some use the profile pictures to rob people their money or even mislead them by giving the wrong information yet they are impostures.
Once a youth discloses his information to strangers, he is at the risk of being bullied and harmed to greater levels. A youth can be laid through use of the social media to an extent she ends up meeting the stranger. Many females have undergone sexual bullying from predators who took advantage of their nativity in the social media. The strangers might bully her, rape her and post the bad images of rape in the social media for everyone to see (Leong, Pan, Ractham, & Kaewkitipong, 2015). This is very disgusting act which has made some people kill themselves due to the shame they had to undergo.
Abusing and exploitation of young people is also evident through use of the social media by youths. If not careful, they end up being exploited by the strangers they meet online; since, they take advantage of their low technological knowhow. Youth spent more time in the internet, which makes them not to attend to other duties as required. Most youths have lost their jobs in most instances where their bosses found them to have underperformed their duties for having being in the internet for longer hours than expected. Others fail in their exams because; they spent much time chating more than they spent reading.
Use of MySpace has helped most young people to sell their music online as well as build strong fan bases who will help them in making a lot of money from their new albums. Finding an audience for creative work among youths is now possible through use of the social media services. Once a certain group of youths is ready to do some creative work, it will be easier for it to get responses from different people in the social media on how to go about it. The youths can as well look for a trusted source in the social media who can give them information that is trustworthy from a reliable source. Some people have set up hope within the social networking services and can be of high help to the youths who are seeking information towards creative works that they are advocating to do (Bonner, 2002).
Providing access to information among youths who can access the social media is now possible among different youths. There are different youths who are now bloggers and gets information very fast and use it to post in various social networking platforms for the rest of youths to view it. The more attention they create, the more they become famous; hence, can be paid once they acquire a certain number of traffic. The blog spots owned by various youths in giving information, ensures that they gain more traffic through the use of attractive measures and information which is very catchy. The blogs are much decorated to attract people to log in and get the said information about the topic of the story. Many adverts are done in the blog spots where the blog owners are paid to advertise such information in their site by the organisation. Once the organisation gets many clients through the adverts made in the blog, the bloggers are paid additional money for their job well done in passing information to other youths (Bonner, 2002).
In the case of media, the content that babies are exposed to should depict their age. Research has shown that most children enjoy looking at other kid performing in the media. Toddlers and preschool going kids are able to learn more from the media and become sharper than before. Programs in the media help the youths to improve their vocabulary and have an expressive language to their own benefit (Ardito, 2012). Programs that have quality interactions, which contain strategies of promoting language have a positive impacts on youths language as well as their development. The content is very important when media selection is done as this will help prevent any bad effect that might be impacted to youths. Youths who are addicted to social media and media are supposed to be counselled and advised accordingly on what is expected of them in life.
In conclusion, social media and media have really impacted the life of many youths in both positive and negative aspects. Advice is the best thing that a counsellor should give to youths who are addicted to social media. Abusing and exploitation of young people is also evident through use of the social media by youths. Providing access to information among youths who can access the social media is now possible among different youths.
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