Lost In Cyberspace Essay

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Because so many people are using the internet daily, the door for social media abuse is wide open. When children are using social media sites, they should be supervised closely by their parents. Though parents are generally vigilant about supervising and protecting their children on the internet, 41% of children ages 13-17 are not effectively supervised because their parents THINK they know what websites their child is visiting, they actually don't. 62% of internet users say their parents have no knowledge of the websites they access daily. Lack of supervision could lead to exposure of different kinds of content, content that they are not used to. Though teens may argue that they want more freedom on the internet because they use it for good things, the internet has mostly negative effects on its users such as; harassing someone online or vice versa, lack of sleep, and becoming totally isolated from loved ones.
When children under the age of 18 are continuously using social media daily, they may start to get bored and they seek another method of excitement to try to "spice" things up. This could eventually lead to cyberbullying, the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. Cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent as teenagers spend more time on the internet without supervision. 46% of middle school and high school students have been targeted online. "...most cyberbullying is done for the amusement of the bullies and because they think they won't get caught" (Ochavillo 1). This basically says that the bully is harassing others because of pure boredom and carelessness. They don't think that they can get caught, or even be punished because it's on the internet and not a physical thing. So in their adventure to liven up their internet life, the user has stumbled across a method of amusement that could be very dangerous and negative to themselves and others. "...teen committed suicide after it was revealed that a former friend and the friend's mother had pretended on MySpace to be a boy interested in the teen" (Watling 2). A form of harassment over the internet had led to this teenagers' death. If this mother had been more mature and acted like an adult who supervised her child on the internet, a life may have been saved."Cyberbullying is no different than the playground" (Watling 2). The impact on users of the internet opposed to the victims of physical bullying is all the same in the end. They may have different impacts on the victim but they are both negative. Cyberbullying is mainly legal outside of school because it happens off of school grounds. Off of school grounds, parents should be supervising their children the same way they are supervised at school. Cyberbullying does not happen during school hours because of restrictions put on the students internet use, so why is it an issue at home? Because parents do not give their children the amount of supervision as they need. There are ways that...

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