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Twitter, Facebook, MySpace: The Issues and Benefits of Social Media

cyberbully2With Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and many other social networking sites, a click of a mouse allows us to reconnect with friends, download pictures, instant message and comment on somebody's wall. By the same token, a person can victimize, traumatize, abuse and bully. Typically when we hear the term "bullying" we think of physical action, but in today's day and age "bullying" can be done through technology.
So what is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen, or teen is tormented, threatned, harassed, humiliated, embarassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen, or teen via Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. 

Technology is a double-edged sword, which can be dangerous, especially for children. Although technology has been an advantage in today's society, it has also been a burden. More and more children are logging on whether it be via personal computers or cellphones, and face the threat of exposure to cyberbullying.
To read more about Cyberbullying, visit EIC 
The Weakness of Social Media
Megan Meier Cyber Bully Suicide 
Megan Meier  commits suicide after being told by her online MySpace friend, Josh Evans whom she befriended with the permission of her mother, that: "the world would be a better place without you, have a shitty rest of your life!"
She was hysterical after reading these words and getting harrassed by Josh's friends and ran to her room.   Megan Meirer was only 13 years old and killed herself.

Josh Evans never existed. He'd been fabricated by a neighbor, Lori Drew, the mother of one of Meier's former friends.
Click on Meier's photo for complete story. 

The Benefits of Social Networking

Although it is important to remember the risks associated with social networking sites (SNS), such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and others, they also pose numerous benefits.  The invention of the internet and social networking sites provide new ways of communicating, educating, receiving and delivering information, and establishing and or maintaining relationships.
More Benefits of Social Media
  1. Allows users to share information such as photos, videos, share interests and help build online communities.
  2. Users have the ability to broaden their horizon by sharing ideas and SNS's encourage diversity.
  3. Allows for self promotion and creates tools for enhancing networking, which can be beneficial to individuals, companies and organizations.


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Depiction Suggestion

Consider showing how young people today seem to have no escape from bullies, even in their own homes, as computers and the Internet have become vital tools for homework and recreation. 

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To read more about Cyberbullying and other issues visit, EIC's website and view our publications 

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Social Media LINGO

BRB - Be Right Back
- Age, Sex, Location     
BBS- Be back soon            
CUL8R- See you later 
L8R- Later
WTGP? - Want to go private?
B4- Before
HB- Hurry back
IRC- In real life
JMO- Just my opinion
ADN- Any day now 
DIS- Did I say




  • FICTION: Having a profile set private safeguards persons from any intending them harm.
  • Corporate Responsibility

    MYSPACE BANS SEX OFFENDER "MySpace takes the safety of its users very seriously and has put in place several partnerships, safety features and educational resources to prevent peer-to-peer harassment and help individuals that may become victim to cyberbullying."


    It's a FACT
    -Receiving threatening messages
    - Having private emails/text forwarded without consent.
    - Having embarrassing pictures posted without permission
    - Having rumors spread about them online.
    To read more about Cyberbullying, visit EIC 
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