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Do Social Networking Sites Lead to Suicide?

Monday, 29 Nov 2010 08:59 AM

Most people use various social networking sites without knowing their potential danger. Dangers can range from something as benign as spam advertisements to more serious issues like cyber bullying.
Cyber bullying can be done in many ways.  Cyber bullies have a number of choices to select from when they want to embarrass or humiliate someone. They could send you a threatening email or post  photos of you to embarrass you. These cyber attacks have even lead to teen suicide. 

Social networks give people access to options and tools that were previously unheard of. Cyber crimes and cyber bullying have become extremely popular because of the thrill they provide. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the dangers of these social networking sites as your teenager could be at risk.
Cyber bullying can seriously affect your child’s psyche and cause disturbing repercussions that can affect their emotional well-being.  
There are a few things you can do to counter the dangers of these social networking sites. Parents of children who are under 13 years of age should have some kind of parental supervision plan in place to keep track of what their child is doing on the Internet. Parents should educate their children about the dangers of social networking sites and discuss the relationship between teen suicide and social networks. This way, your child can be aware of any potential dangers and threats posed by cyber bullying.

Cyber bullying is an evil that cannot be completely controlled, but by making your teenager aware of the problem, you can minimize the dangers it poses to a great extent. 

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