Benefits greatly outweigh the downsides of harmful behavior/material
Benefits somewhat outweigh downsides.
Mixed; neither good nor bad overall
Downsides of harmful behavior/material outweigh benefits
Downsides of harmful behavior/material vastly outweigh benefits and something must be done.
I firmly think the internet & social media are good for our daily life
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.
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.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
The point is that people will have to make their own decisions on how they want to use social networking, regardless of age.
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.
Scientific fact: If you took all of the veins from your body and laid them end to end, you would die.
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.