Editorial: Social Media -Good or Bad?

Caroline C., Editor

In today’s digital age, parents are finding their kids more invested in social media. More and more teens post photos of themselves, videos, and message strangers. This new form of interaction, in my opinion, poses more threats than benefits.

     First of all, what do we get out of social media? For me, I want to be able to share stories I write with people who will understand. People like me might want to share themselves with the world but in other ways. They might want to share filters, events in their life, or simply funny, happy things. Also, interacting with others who love to do the same things as you is a great way to be inspired and learn from others. Although these are great benefits, they are probably the only ones social media has to offer.

     There is a long list of cons; so many that I’ll have to summarize them all briefly. The first major con is haters. People will go on the internet and criticize others just for the sake of doing it. By posting on social media, you are opening yourself up to this. Additionally, there is a lot of mature content online. We’re less protected than the last generations, and therefore more easily exposed. 

     If you’ve ever been online, you’ve likely chatted with another person. Probably someone you’ve never -and likely never will- meet in your life. There’s nothing wrong with socializing, but what if that person you were messaging was some creepo? What if someone you thought was your age was completely the opposite? 

     But, there are still ways you can protect yourself. In some places, there are ways of disabling commenting, so that haters can’t pick on you. If you don’t want people to insult you, then don’t share your face or voice; there are plenty of other fun things you can do that don’t involve revealing yourself. Try to keep yourself safe online, but never stop doing what you love to do. 

     Lastly, never, ever stoop as low as haters. Whatever they say, whatever they do, never become like them. As former First Lady Michelle Obama said, “When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level,” she said. “No, our motto is, ‘When they go low, we go high.”

 

If you are interested in learning more about the effects of social media, I recommend watching the Social Dilemma on Netflix.