• Dangerous Effects of Social Media Sites on Youth

    There’s a saying, ‘Every coin has two sides.’

    Just like all other inventions, social media sites also have positive and negative effects not only on adults but also on youths. Inside this virtual world, new relationships are formed and old relationships break up daily. Today, even when we sit with our friends for gossiping, our eyes are fixed on the pages of social media sites and fingers keep on posting photos. Do you think the only bad effect of the uprising of social media is making us unsocial? Sadly, its bad effects have extended beyond that.


    Generally, social media platforms have not-so-strict regulatory nature. Resultantly, fraudsters and cyber criminals get a -playground where they can play their tricks to make benefits out of you. As youths are bit emotional than the adults, they become the targets. Some of the dangerous effects of social networking on the teens are:

    1. Identity Theft: The stealing of personal information available online is known as Identity Theft. Most of the times, they hack your LinkedIn or Facebook account to access your information. Once the info like your name, and bank details are gathered, they use it to steal money. To take out cash from a compromised bank account or to buy goods online, these information are used.

    How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft?

    • Stay safe even while using social media sites with the tricks shared below.
    • Be careful while posting anything on the social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
    • To prevent unauthorized payments, check your bank account statement on a regular basis.
    • Ensure that the software of additional data protection of your PC is protected it from screen capturing, phishing, and key logging.
    2. Phishing Schemes: The attempt to know your username,  password, and details of your credit card is known as Phishing. According to a report released by the 3rd Microsoft Computing Safer Index in 2014, the global impact of phishing annually has reached approximately $5billion. Mostly, through instant messaging, the criminals carried out the process.

    What Social Media Scams You Should Avoid?
    Youths, while active on social media should avoid the following scams.


    • Fake Accounts of Customer Services: Cyber criminals create fake customer service accounts to know the bank details of the user. These kinds of accounts look real and hence, can easily trap the youths, especially who are shopaholics. Scammers interfere with the conversation whenever someone tweets on their pages. Their replies may seem authentic to you. To steal your bank credentials, they will direct you to a fake support site.
    • Generates Numerous Fake Accounts: Any viral post, news, or story brings in hundreds of comments. Fraudsters derive advantages from these viewers by giving fake links while posting their comments.
    • Providing Free Social Games: A great majority of users on social media by playing free games with others. Though the games remain free initially, yet when you want to obtain the special power grades, the payment pop up comes in. If you proceed towards payment, all your bank details will be phished by the hacker.


    3. Cyber Bullying: Many teens active on Facebook complained that they suffer from Cyber Bullying. If this kind of crime exceeds beyond the limit, serious charges will be imposed upon the criminal. On Facebook, cyber bullying has caused deaths of thousands of teens till date. These teens are bullied so badly that they either are compelled to commit suicide or are murdered by their peers.

    What Should You Do if You Face Cyber Bullying?

    To prevent yourself from becoming a victim to cyber bullying, you need to apply the tricks mentioned below.


    • Avoid Responding: Ignore retaliating to the irritating or threat-like comments on Facebook or other social media sites. Never post any humiliating comments provoking others to take revenge for it.
    • Block the Offender: In your social media platform, block the disturbing user.
    • Report it: If the person from whom you’re facing the bully is accessible, report about it to your teacher or parents. If he or she is threatening you using your personal information, talk or complain about it to the elders without delaying.
    • Secure Your Profile: Keep privacy settings of your social media profile high. Don’t include anybody in your list whom you don’t know personally. Hundreds of fake profile are there. By accepting requests from such profiles, you’re actually putting yourself and your loved ones at risk.
    Know that every activity you do online-- like tweets, re tweets, commenting on social networking sites, posting photos, are contributing to the virtual world. According to a survey conducted on 1000 Americans by Lawyers.com and LexisNexis, more than 50% of Americans divulge their personal life on social media sites. Most of them don’t know that these info can be used against them.

    4. Defamation: The crime of defamation is committed when anyone posts a defamatory statement to a third party portraying the individual in a negative light.  Many businessmen are affected by these statements and go for taking legal actions. Hence, you should be careful about what you’re saying on these sites. Your comment may hurt someone’s sentiment badly even without your knowledge.

    How to Avoid Defamation on Social Media?

    • Before posting or tweeting, read it twice. Are you going to post anything offending? Can it
    • hurt anyone’s sentiment? If it’s targeting someone’s reputation, better you edit it.
    • Be clear in your message. You won’t like your comment to be misunderstood.
    • Cautiously write about private citizens. Considering the laws of the country is good for those who prefer to write about private citizens. Check your facts double before you post anything.
    When it comes to teens using social media sites, parents should educate themselves well to know both advantages and disadvantages of joining such sites. Parents should learn monitoring the privacy settings of their youngsters’ profiles. They should check the profiles of their children regularly in such a way that no can can catch it. Discussing openly about the etiquette and protocols related to social network can go a long way in securing your teen’s future while letting them active on social media sites.

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