In recent years, technology has made major strides forward and revolutionized the world. Everything we have invented has been made to improve the quality of life or save time. Things such as social media, transport, communication, and entertainment. All of this has intertwined itself with our daily life so much that; we wouldnt be able to live without them.
Social media in particular has grown in popularity exponentially. According to surveys, currently over 71% of Australians use social media, and the average Australian spends 142 minutes a day on it!
The reason social media has become so popular among teens is because of how useful it is.
They can contact anyone, anytime, anywhere. They can share their opinion, *post selfies*, and much, much more.
However, there are many dangers associated with the online world that people seem to always overlook.
Most of the top dangers online involve other people- including pedophiles, scams, or even viruses from that free Fortnite hack you mindlessly downloaded off a website that youve never heard of.
Cyberbullying is one of these issues. In fact, it is one of the worlds leading causes of suicide. According to the National Suicide Prevention team, over 69% of people who commit suicide have been diagnosed with their mental illnesses due to cyberbullying.
Do we not owe the 69% that has sadly taken their life due to online harassment? Isnt it our job to protect our upcoming generation from these malicious threats? What about the victims of pedophiles?
Enough is enough; which is why I believe it is so important that we need to take action now to educate the youth on the safe use and consequences of social media.
For example, a vast number of youth tend to leak too much information. They simply dont have the mental capacity to decipher good and bad decisions. For instance, giving personal info about their life; like their address, passwords or even pictures of themselves! This can lead to a vicious cycle where your personal info is constantly circulated from stranger to stranger. Something as small as a post of an embarrassing moment can come back to haunt them when applying for a job.
We are all aware of the addictive nature of social media. Many use it daily, and some studies concluded that anywhere between 5-10% of people find themselves unable to log off. Does that not sound like a drug?
When youre spending so much time online, it is without a doubt that you will stumble upon inappropriate images. Every day, when scrolling through you see posts, ads, and comments which all change your perception of life. Models, for example, are everywhere. They influence your brain to think Thats what Im supposed to look like. But all that does is teach you that you are imperfect- and those arent healthy thoughts.
The scary thing is, we are all so vulnerable to these heinous acts. Pedophiles, viruses & scams are everywhere- and yet so little people are aware of this.
Theyre completely blind. This is why we need to educate our new generations on the dangers and consequences of the online world. We need to take initiative and prevent this from happening to our kids. If they know how to prevent and avoid these situations, it will make a big impact on our lives.
WE can be the generation to make that impact on the world. WE are the ones shaping the future. You might say we live in a messed up society; but WE are apart of that society. So lets make a change.