Humans of New York – Posted on Facebook on February 17, 2015
“Someone made an Instagram account that said: “You’re a slut and you should kill yourself.” And I was the only person they followed.”
We live in an age where connecting with anyone, anywhere is simple, cost-effective, and fun. Nowadays, it’s hard to find someone without a social media account such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Although the advent of the Internet and text-based communication has brought about new possibilities for human communication and connection, these possibilities also reveal the dark side of human interaction. Online bullying, such as the incident depicted above, are particularly common among adolescents.
The Internet and mobile technologies have now permeated every aspect of the lives of teens. Parents want their children to use the Internet to their advantage – learning new things, connecting with trusted friends and family members, completing schoolwork, and the like. However, parents also want their teens to avoid the risks and dangers associated with online life. Continue reading
Family technology use can have a positive and negative effect on family closeness. Girls report greater family functioning when they have access to numerous media at home. The majority of teens that have friended their parent on Facebook do not report hiding content from them or feelings of privacy invasion. On the contrary, Facebook friending might actually reduce the amount of conflict between parents and children. In fact, a study found that parents and children reported closer relationships with after friending each other on Facebook, if they had a highly conflicted relationship before connecting online. In the end, the use of Facebook may have positive benefits for parent-child relationships. Continue reading
Information and communication technologies serve a variety of different purposes in the home from information searching to staying connected while apart. Access to education is often the motivation that prompts parents to adopt new media in their home, but after technology comes into the home children quickly find themselves using it for many social and entertainment purposes. Continue reading