Hello everyone welcome back to my blog. Today I will be posting a very popular post from my old blog. This is blog post was written by my friend Aya. Her post talks about the pros and cons of Social media and how to stay safe online. I hope you guys enjoy it and let me know in the comments your views on Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc.
Social media now has become a very important thing in our day. For me I open more than one social media per a day, and I think this is for all people not just me. Social media is a very great invention that lets us communicate to people easily. Now like everything social media has its pros and cons, and today I want to discuss that with you.
Social media pros
I am going to begin with the advantages. As I said earlier social media helps us a lot in communicating with people. In the past if one of the family members traveled abroad, it was very difficult for him or her to communicate with their family. Now of course there are things like phone calls and letters, but they aren’t as effective. I mean what if you want to video chat? The internet itself is a great invention maybe we can’t feel this today because it’s available for us, but ask your parents or your grandparents they will tell you that at the past people used to go to large libraries to search for anything related to school or just general knowledge for daily life. Now the information is in your hand while you are at home, and it’s just by one click away. Another benefit is the fact social media allows you to meet people from other countries and see places you otherwise wouldn’t see in your daily life.
Social media cons
Now that we talked about some advantages of social media, let’s talk about the disadvantages. The first reason being that social media is the main reason we lose track of time and procrastinate. They are also things like hacking and identity theft that occurs often. There are people who do nothing but scam people out of their money, and as a teen we fall victim to these types of people. I’m asking everyone to be really careful of people online since it’s so easy to impersonate someone nowadays. If some is asking for private information don’t feel scared of blocking them. Also don’t put personal information like address or phone number online. There are plenty of social media sites that don’t require you to put in your phone number, so look for them. I recommend kik which is chatting app that doesn’t require your phone number, so instead of giving your online friend your Skype or whatsapp give them your kik. It’s much safer. Also be aware of cyber bullying. If someone is bullying you, don’t feel scared to report them. There are way too many people who fall victim to these bullies especially us teens. Finally, I would like to say stay away from bad sites. It’s never worth it. If you know a website says 18+ follow that rule and don’t try to use it. It’s just not worth it.
Also talk to your parents about harassment you might encounter online and also report someone if you see them bullying others.
I think I covered most of the major stuffs when it comes to social media. If you have any other pros and cons, please comment them down below. Also support cyber bullied victims by tweeting out #stopbullying.