Times of Zambia: The Darkside of Social Media

According to the analysis made in the article published in Times of Zambia, the question about the darkside of social media is what is a child exposed to on social media? How often do people chat and share information with people they barely know?

It is a fact, that social networks are really hot right now. Teens are spending a great deal of time on sites like MySpace, Facebook and others. While social network sites do have merit, they allow people from all over the world to connect.

People can connect with friends and family who live far away. They can socialise and keep in touch with friends, share pictures, music and videos and play fun games. But there is a dark side to social networks. This is something that every parent with a social network surfing teen should know.

It is so hard to imagine what life was like before the Internet, when social networks involved people meeting in person as opposed to virtual interaction.

How sweet it was to receive a letter from so far away, across the oceans, with a beautiful stamp on it.

People even developed the habit of collecting stamps as hobby. But now that is a thing of the past.

As Ndola Pastor, George Chibubi-Palo would say "social media has put a sense of community and relationships on the chopping board.

"You might think your child is looking for a scholarship on internet but alas they are hooked to pornography and all sorts of weird stuff," he said.

Yes, while social media made it easier than ever to communicate, that ease however, has come with plenty unwanted risks that threaten the future and lives of young people.

Young people are naive to the dangers such as cyber bullying, social networking sites themselves become a portal to threats from online predators, adult content is flooding the internet lurking social sites aswell, internet dating which could lead to abuse or loss of life, and identity theft.

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