Importance<br />As a teenager, the social world is a huge part of my life<br />Though millions use sites such as Facebook and Myspace, many are unaware of the dangers associated with the cyber universe.<br />Being exposed to social networking has opened my eyes to how harmful the cyber world could be.<br />
Thesis<br />Social networking is dangerous because:<br /><ul><li>It attracts predators,
and causes health problems. </li></ul>http://billmullins.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/windowslivewritermonitoringyourteenagersinternetusageshou-c8b0internet-predators-22.jpg<br />http://clutchmagonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Cyber-Bully-Cyber-Bullying.jpg<br />
Playground for Cyber Predators?<br />In 2009, Myspace identified 90,000 sex offenders with profiles on the site (“ProCon.org”).<br />Aside from this fact, online predators have the ability to hack into business servers and steal billions of dollars using basic personal information (Hansen 305-328). <br />
Cyber Bullying<br />Cyber bullying is the use of social networking sites to humiliate or threaten others (Billitteri 385-408).<br />There are numerous cases in which children have committed suicide because of cyber bullying.<br />Cyber bullying effects all ages and genders. <br />
Health Issues<br />Social networking could be unhealthy for both the mind and body.<br />It could lead to sleep deprivation and possibly attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (Mackey).<br />The cyber world is also extremely addicting for all ages. <br />http://freethoughtfortwayne.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/sleep-deprivation1.jpg<br />
Facts<br />Carlos Salgado stole over 100,000 credit card numbers by hacking into an online database using personal information found on profiles (Hansen 305-328).<br />Phoebe Prince, a young girl, hanged herself after being cyber bullied for over three months (“ABC News”).<br />http://www.yorkblog.com/biz/img/Stealing%2004.jpg<br />
Conclusion<br />Knowing the potential dangers of social networking, will people refrain from usage of these harmful sites? <br />Very few are aware of the dangers of the cyber world and are constantly at risk everyday. <br />In the end, social networking is dangerous because it attracts predators, could lead to cyber bullying and causes health problems. <br />
Works Cited<br />Billitteri, Thomas. "Cyberbullying." CQ Press16.22 02 May 2008. 385-408. CQ Researcher. Web. 17 Dec 2010.<br />Hansen, Brian. "Cyber-Crime." CQ Press 12.14 12 Apr 2002. 305-328. CQ Researcher. Web. 18 Dec 2010.<br />Mackey, Robert. "Is Social Networking Killing You?."Blogging The News With Robert Mackey. The New York Times, 29 Feb 2009. Web. 17 Dec 2010.<br />"Teens Indicted After Allegedly Taunting Girl Who Hanged Herself." ABC News (2010): n. pag. Web. 17 Dec 2010.<br />
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