Social media and it’s risks.

Social media can be such a positive thing but in the hands of the wrong people, it can become such a bad thing.

What is social media?

Social media is basically a platform where people can share things with other people like photos and videos. The most common social media platforms are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. It’s a place where people can express themselves to the world.

Different social media platforms

Some of the risk of social media on teens

Some of the risk of social media are dependencies, depression, lack of self confidence, suicide, stress, anxiety, become a source of bullying, cause lack sleep, and can cause suicide tendencies. Here’s a statistic about dependencies with social media. It’s says that 50% of people are caught driving while using their phone to check their social media. That’s not just a risk for themselves but for everyone else on the road. That shows that they dependent on their phone to the point where they can’t even get off of it while they are driving.

Social Media Addiction Statistics

Another one of the risk was depression. Statistic show that teenagers who spent more than at least 5 hours on their phones a day are 2x more likely to show depressive symptoms.

Social Media Addiction Statistics

All of these risks that social media has on us could eventually lead to something worse.

What is Cyberbullying?

CyberBullying is a form of bullying that is used within electronic devices to threat or harm a person. Cyberbullying happens so much on social media, just by commenting something hurtful on someone elses photos or feed. Statistic show “Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.”. When you think about it that’s still a pretty big number. That percentage of teens and adolescent could be affected for the rest of their life. Another statistic shows that “Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.”. I can honestly say that it is true, even though I have not been a victim of Cyberbullying, I have been a victim of regular Bullying and I never wanted to tell my parents and I never did. My friends told their moms about it, and then they told my mom who told my dad about. It’s scary trying to tell your parent about because you feel weak and like you disappointed them. If you have someone who bullies you at school, there’s a pretty big chance that they will continue to do it online, on social media, because on social medias they are not face-to-face with the person.

Girl sitting on the couch reading hateful comment about her on social media

Bellow this paragraph there is a picture of a survey where they asked people where does cyberbullying mainly occurred. And social medias are pretty much up there on the list.

Survey based on 506 online respondents age 13 to 24 years old

In the survey it says that “Almost 60% of children aged 10-17 have reported being bullied or harassed over the Internet and via social media outlets“.

A sad tragedy

A girl name Sadie Riggs was only fifteen years old when she took her life away by hanging herself in June of 2017. Her family blames her fellow comrades for bullying her, particularly on social media. The were making fun of her braces and her red hair.“The kids told her only devils had red hair.” is what her Aunt says. Sadie was being bullied also on social media platform. Those social media platforms were Facebook, Instagram and messaging platform Kik. Her classmates would use those platforms and tell her to kill herself.

Sadie Riggs

Even though there is a positive side to social media, there is also a negative side to it. In life I really want to help stop any kind of bullying there are so many great non-profit organizations that people in these kinds of situations.

StompOutBullying is one of them they are “nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns. ” .

If any of you guys would like to donated you can visit https://stompoutbullying.org/ to find out more information on how to donate and help.

What’s your opinion on cyberbullying? Should social media platform have more rules on how to keep cyberbullying at bay?

facebook

Cyberbullying needs to stop and here’s why. #stopcybullying

Twitter

Social media can lead to cyberbullying we need to stop it before it get much worse. #stopcyberbullying


Sources:

  1. Chuck, Elizabeth (NBC News, Is Social Media Contributing to Rising Teen Suicide Rate?, October 22, 2017)
  2. Morgan, JP (Turbo Future, Cyberbullying and Social Media, September 4, 2019)
  3. LoveOrganization (LoveOrganization, Social Media Influence)
  4. FameMass (FameMass, 10 Social Media Addiction Statistics Of 2019 [Infographic], August 11, 2019)
  5. Bullying Statistic (Bullying Statistic, Cyber Bullying Statistics)
  6. StompOutBullying (StompOutBullying)

2 thoughts on “Social media and it’s risks.

  1. There’s a lot of haters on the Internet, I used to be a streamer on Twitch, a little-known one. Once I played bad or missed a shot, the haters would judge me or said I shouldn’t stream if I’m not that good.
    I have been depressed for a while, I leave the internet and go outside, just realize how beautiful the world is and there’s are so many things, people that we should really care about. After that I didn’t care about those flaming from the haters, actually I really thank those haters, they made me grew up!

  2. One of the things that I have found as a communications professional is there are some people who, no matter what, will lash out against anything which is contrary to their own personal biases and views. Unless you adhere to their point of view, you are the enemy and must be destroyed. The trolls are an unfortunate part of the Internet who ruin it for everyone. The best solution is to not feed the trolls but another option is to stand up to them, or as a last resort, report their activities to the proper authorities.

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