View Poll Results: What's the impact on youth of their access to internet/social media

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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.

    1 4.17%
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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
    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.
    You're not going to be able to control how your kids use the internet. It's just a fact of life. You can't be there monitoring them 24/7. What if they decide to make a facebook account while at a friend's house? Also, you don't want to give social networking the forbidden fruit appeal. Teaching your kids about the harms of the internet is a good thing, but trying to control them will just lead to problems. I've seen it happen many times. The kids with the super protective parents don't trust their parents and try to hide everything from them, while the kids with the more accepting parents are able to keep their parents involved with their day-to-day activities because there isn't fear of authority.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    You're not going to be able to control how your kids use the internet. It's just a fact of life. You can't be there monitoring them 24/7. What if they decide to make a facebook account while at a friend's house? Also, you don't want to give social networking the forbidden fruit appeal. Teaching your kids about the harms of the internet is a good thing, but trying to control them will just lead to problems. I've seen it happen many times. The kids with the super protective parents don't trust their parents and try to hide everything from them, while the kids with the more accepting parents are able to keep their parents involved with their day-to-day activities because there isn't fear of authority.

    Thus, you think kids should decide what they can and cannot do online? Do you also oppose parental controls on a computer?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Thus, you think kids should decide what they can and cannot do online? Do you also oppose parental controls on a computer?
    My point is that the kids will make the decisions about what they want to do online regardless of what you do about it. Parental controls aren't very accurate in blocking things and can be easily bypassed. Then there's the fact that you can't control what your kid does online on any computers they use outside of the house, and putting up controls on the home computer will make your kid very curious about what is out there that you don't want him/her to see.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    My point is that the kids will make the decisions about what they want to do online regardless of what you do about it. Parental controls aren't very accurate in blocking things and can be easily bypassed. Then there's the fact that you can't control what your kid does online on any computers they use outside of the house, and putting up controls on the home computer will make your kid very curious about what is out there that you don't want him/her to see.
    And what is it that they could see? Compare it to 50 years ago, when one of the "worst" things they could get their hands on is a Playboy magazine. Compare it now, when you can imagine the most disgusting thing imaginable and find images and videos online. Or compare to 50 years ago the fact that today you can bully anonymously and expose that humiliation to hundreds of thousands of people instantly via Facebook, YouTube, etc.

    I understand the shrug response that "That's life," because it IS life, today. I'm asking people to think critically about what the impacts could be of these mind-blowing technological advances. Show today's high-speed and mobile internet capabilities to someone a mere 20 years ago and it would ****ing blow their mind. We're raising the very first generation ever that will have grown up with this internet-everywhere-at-all-times reality we've just come into.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    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.
    I believe the bolded to be true. Humans may be more interconnected than ever before, but it seems to me like a very shallow connectedness, rather than a deeper more meaningful type. You and I can talk over the internet, without ever having met. We talk back and forth, but be don't really relate, except to the extent that you and I can form a mental image of each other. For the most part, I think it's shallow, although every once in awhile, a deeper relationship does happen among anonymous people, due to particular identification with how others express themselves.

    As for generally, kids (and some adults as well) seem pretty insecure if they don't constantly have a phone in their hand, and aren't constantly communicating. I personally think it is a way for some people to avoid any private reflective time for themselves, which I think is not good for you in the long run. I have a cheapie pre-paid cell phone. I carry it in case I have an emergency, or if something really important comes up. It's a joke how few minutes I use, lol. My son, on the other hand, carries a cell phone always, and frequently talks and texts. If he forgets his phone, he will turn around and go back home to get it, even if he's running late. If I forget my phone, I don't care, and there's no way in hell I am going back home to get it. It just isn't that important to me. That's what I was alluding to with the obsessiveness/ neurotic comment in my earlier post.
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