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  • Benefits greatly outweigh the downsides of harmful behavior/material

    9 37.50%
  • Benefits somewhat outweigh downsides.

    3 12.50%
  • Mixed; neither good nor bad overall

    6 25.00%
  • Downsides of harmful behavior/material outweigh benefits

    5 20.83%
  • Downsides of harmful behavior/material vastly outweigh benefits and something must be done.

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Thread: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    I don't think it's technology that people are worried about. Why obfuscate?
    Social media is a technological advance. If you don't like it, don't use it. It's as simple as that.

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    Social media is a technological advance. If you don't like it, don't use it. It's as simple as that.
    For most people, it's not that simple. One does not simply decide "fk it, my kid can go online" and that's that. Why are you dropping the 'youth' part of the topic?

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    I firmly think the internet & social media are good for our daily life

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    i'll vote that the benefits greatly outweigh the downsides. humans are more interconnected than ever before. if there's a flaw in that, it's a flaw in the species, not in the communication technology.

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Since I've already pointed out a couple of specific types of potential downsides, and we have several responses saying it's overall a good thing or a very good thing, I'd be interested in any explanation you have as to why. Being online and digitally interconnected in and of itself doesn't demonstrate what is good for youth.

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    humans are more interconnected than ever before.
    Sometimes, I wonder if that's really true. I think there must be a balance within internet social networking and 'real life' social networking.

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    For most people, it's not that simple. One does not simply decide "fk it, my kid can go online" and that's that. Why are you dropping the 'youth' part of the topic?
    Well, you're not going to be able to stop your kid from using facebook and whatnot. Go ahead and try, it'll only make them want to make a facebook even more.

    The point is that people will have to make their own decisions on how they want to use social networking, regardless of age.

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    I don't think kids should be involved with social media to any degree. They can socialize in school, just like I did. I didn't have the internet. Video games were just starting to become popular and nothing close to what kids have access to now. The main issue I have with social media isn't the amount of control that parents should exercise over their children, it's the overwhelming amount of places you can go on the internet. Without parental controls enabled on a computer, kids are free to do whatever they want on the internet. Trust me, they are not working on their book report or doing their homework when you think they are, unless you have parental controls limiting their online access.

    Parents are just plain stupid when it comes to their kids. They think little johnny is going to be a good boy on the internet and not require supervision. He is going to look at educational things. He wouldn't dare look at porn or harass someone at school. That's not my little johnny they say. It is proven with kids that if you give them an inch, they will take a mile. I don't trust any child on the internet.

    The whole point of parenting is to be involved with your kids, interact with them. Parents these days just give them a cell phone and a laptop and let them have at it. Allowing a child to discover the world is a fantastic idea, but don't let them do it on their own.
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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    The point is that people will have to make their own decisions on how they want to use social networking, regardless of age.
    No, I think kids can be and are under some adult supervision and limitations. Leaving it up to kids to decide how they want to use social networking sounds stupid.

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    I think the internet/social media has exposed some uncomfortable truths about humans. It's a little different in a smaller community such as DP, but on larger message boards and sites (such as youtube comments) it's absolutely stunning how cruel some people will behave when they're protected by a wall of anonymity.

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