Social Media: Is it Friend or Foe?

September Starting The Conversation

I hate to admit it but I simply love and adore Facebook and Twitter. I love seeing what all my friends and family are up to, that I have been able to reconnect with friends and family from years gone imagesby, stay in touch and up to date with all the goings on with my favorite places and businesses and to find out what’s going on in the community through the Northern Connection magazine Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Apparently, I’m not alone. According to recent PEW Internet Project’s research, 71% of adults on the Internet are on Facebook.

It also seems that even teenagers are realizing that parents and grandparents are right when they say, “If you can’t say something nice; then don’t say anything at all” and that goes for posts on social media as well, where you can be in serious, even criminal, trouble due to all the new cyberstalking and cyberharrassment laws if you post anything cruel or bullying. Also making the adage “never talk to strangers” -even online – truer than ever.

But is this true? A few great teens I happen to know, gave me list of social media sites that teens are using since all the grown-ups are on Facebook and Twitter. I thought I should pass the list long so you know which cyber space they might be using, these sites include: Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Spotify, Tumblr, Vine, and Yik Yak.

But what do you think? Is social media a friend or foe? Let’s Continue the Conversation on my blog at http://northernconnectionmagazine.blogspot.com where I have links and information about these other social media sites, advice for safe posting and much more.

Sources: http://www.ncsl.org/research/telecommunications-and-information-technology/cyberstalking-and-cyberharassment-laws.aspx, http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/social-networking-fact-sheet/ and a special thank you to Ana, Sara and Michael for informing us on other sites where teens are hanging out.