By Mariam Baydoun
Unis Middle School
Parents are complaining about their children spending their time on social networking. What they do, what they see, who they talk to, is all unknown. Children refuse to share information about what they do online with their parents.
“I constantly go online to check my child’s statuses and activities that they are doing.” Says Sue Dakroub, a mother of five, who cares about her children and what they do online. Cyber bullying is one of the most dangerous things online. Kids feel that they have the power over other kids and that they are “better” than them.
Socializing online can give shy, socially awkward teens a comfortable way to communicate. It also is an extension of teens’ real-world friendships, and can help enrich and manage their social lives. But, social networking causes less face-to-face interactions with family members. Loss of privacy is also a problem. Kids who post their information and photos could make them easy targets.
“Social networking helps me feel good about myself cause I really have trouble socializing with other people without a screen between us,” said Dunia Dakroub, Sue Dakroub’s daughter.
“Video games and social networking isn’t really a waste of time because i’ts actually fun,” said Sue Dakroub’s son Tarek. “It creates an imagination in our minds, makes us feel like we are in a whole other world.”