by Stephanie Partridge
What is Your Teen being Exposed To? This is the first in a series on social networking sites. These sites have become so popular, so prevalent with teens flocking to them that this is very relevant – and it is going to take more than just one post to address all that needs to be addressed on this subject.
Social Networks are really hot right now. Teens are spending a great deal of time on sites like MySpace, Facebook and others. But just what are your teens being exposed to when they log onto their Facebook profile or MySpace profile?
The answers are alarming.
While social network sites do have merit, they allow people from all over the world to connect. Kids can connect with friends and family who live far away. They can socialize and keep in touch with friends, share pictures, music and videos and play fun games.
They can connect with the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and many other wholesome organizations, businesses and individuals. They have access to great, educational material. They can learn, they can grow, they can see parts of the world and other cultures that they may never have a chance to see otherwise.
But there is a dark side to social networks. This is something that every parent with a social network surfing teen should know.More on Social Network Dangers: The Dark Side of Social Networks