Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is December 8th, 2008, I’m Royce, and I’m here to discuss a topic that might interest us all: Facebook, an online communication network.
In Your Words, What is Facebook?
I went around and asked some people if they could define Facebook, in their own words.
“It is an online communication website, where friends connect with each other.” says Melanie, a writer at the Modern Typewriter.
“It is a place online where people can upload photos, talk to other people, and just go and hang out virtually.” says Cody, another writer.
Facebook’s description of itself is below:
“Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected.
Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.”
What Are Your Opinions On The Popular Facebook?
“It is a great way to stay in touch with cousins and everyone out of state, because you can talk to people like all around the world.” says Rochester, a writer at the Modern Typewriter.
“I like the variety of things to do on there. There are games, you can upload photos, you can chat, you can do practically anything on there.” says Jaycee another writer.
The average kid would probably agree if he/she owns their own Facebook page. Kids and teenagers love Facebook because it helps with their social life with friends and staying connected and in touch with their peers. But do they know the true dangers of online networking and instant messaging?
Most kids aren’t exactly educated in the subject of safety online.
There are many news accounts of sexual predators out in the world assaulting children and teenagers from meeting them in chat rooms, online networking sites, and even instant messaging servers.
“I read this one news article that was on cyberbullying. The teenager in the article was being bullied so harshly, that they committed suicide. It was terrible.” said Jaycee.
Cyberbullying is another concern with online safety. Usually done by kids and teenagers, many kids tease, harass, and even embarass others online. Some can even tease via instant messaging. They can send harsh words, phrases, or even threats.
“I never thought that something as simple as AIM could be the passageway for something like a death threat.” says Cody.
Cyberbullying along with sexual predators can really cause trouble and mayhem in your life.
“I never gave out my name, address, or any other personal information, and I never will. I don’t want anything to happen.” says Melanie.
If you take the right precautions, you will be safe.
“Just simple things like not giving out your name could possibly save your life.” said Cody.
Just like Cody said, just simple things like not giving out your name could save your life. Below is a list that could possibly help you in a bad situation online.
- Do not accept people you don’t know as friends
- Do not reply to anyone you don’t know
- Do not post any personal information (address, phone number, etc.)
- Do not plan to meet anyone in person that you don’t know
- Alert an adult if you are being cyberbullied
Simple guidelines like the ones above can really help you. If you follow them, we can almost promise you that you will be safe.
“What we’re doing is not to make kids afraid of the internet, but to be aware. We want kids to realize that anything you post is not private and once you take it down, it’s not taken down if people already saw it.” says Rochester, a writer at the Modern Typewriter. “We want our viewers to take second thoughts on before you post a photo, before you give out your phone number. We want our viewers to realize the dangers of the internet.”
So remember, I’m Royce, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT
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