Youth and Social Sites

After quite a bit of thinking I have come to the realization that social networking sites have actually changed the mind-set of the youth.Have you ever noticed that when young people hangout they are more interested in the taking photos, and updating the virtual world rather than enjoy the event that they attend? I believe that the mind sets are one in which they update the sites to seek approval from friends. They look forward to the likes and comments on their photos. These sites in my opinion gives a sense of ‘being somebody’.

Another aspect of how their mind-set has changed is by their lack for privacy. Young people often use social sites to update their status, and whereabouts. With their updates they often tell people what they are thinking or what their next move will be. Is this really a good thing?

I would like to say that I am not “bashing” the sites or the youth but I would just like to say that these social sites can be used in a more productive way than they are being used right now. For example we can use the sites to promote our career, share our views, and waste less time. Let’s use the social networking sites more productively, to our benefit.

Internet Evaluation

How dependable is the information that is available on the internet? Is the internet taking over our social lives? This week in our Internet and Society class, we did and evaluation of the internet. Some agree that the internet has caused persons to be less sociable. However, the internet has now made it much easier to connect with people around the world. There is also the possibility of making new friends in other countries. This can also be a downside because connecting with a criminal can be a possibility.

Is there a possibility of an increase in fraud as a result of the internet? I believe that there is a vast increase of fraud since the internet was introduced. Any information on the internet can be viewed by other people. One has to be extremely careful with the information that they put on the internet.

The internet has its advantages and disadvantages. Like anything else it has it good and bad. What is important is how and what it is used for.

To be or Not to be…….

To be or Not to be….

Lately there has been some controversy over business owners screening prospective employees over Facebook. How ironic. These same employees who are screening their prospective employees are now banning the use of social networks in the workplace.

Many people are in agreement while some are of the strong that social sites contribute to how productive an employee becomes. I am of the opinion that it all depends on the nature of your job. For example as an FBI agent because of the way Facebook operates it may be asset because one is able to establish connections and links of individuals that are under investigation. However, for a profession such as teaching, is it really necessary in the workplace? Yes I know that can be debated.

Social sites can hinder productivity because employees may spend hours on these sites while they could be performing on the job duties. Others may use their judgment and visit the sites as a break to relax from the stress of the jobs. Some employees may also rebel because they believe that employers are restricting their freedom, and are not allowing the opportunity to use their judgment.

Are there any benefits for employers using social sites? Of course there is. Some companies use the sites to connect with customers, and advertise their new products.

How difficult or easy it is to stay off Facebook while at work?

How many of us with a Facebook go one day without visiting the site? The following site highlights 5 problems with social networking in the workplace. Do you agree?

http://bitly.com/SGHBEXImage

I have been a victim..

Identity theft and credit card fraud are very serious issues that society is faced with. Credit card fraud can put you in immediate debt. Most times it is too late when one discovers that their credit card information has been stolen. Identity theft is also a serious crime, and can have lasting implication. People seldom ever completely recover from identity theft.

Is identity theft more serious than credit card fraud? I am of the strong opinion that it actually is. As I said before, credit card fraud puts one in immediate debt. I believe that one can recover from debt. However, as it relates to identity theft there are implications other than just debt.

Identity theft can include loss of individual identity, financial information, driver’s license, voter registration, passport and even social security number. Loss of these can cause emotional distress and anxiety. Also, someone who uses another’s identity may tarnish the reputation of the person’s identity that they stole. Re-establishing a legal identity can be difficult and long process.

I believe that identity theft and credit card fraud can both be avoided but not totally eradicated. I have attached a link from the Wall Street Journal which includes some tips on how to protect you from identity theft and credit card fraud.

http://bit.ly/YCd8R

Internet Phishing

When it comes to the internet there are so many things that we have to be careful about. Information that we put on the internet can have serious repercussion.  Very often we blindly click on links from our email, and think that it is so legitimate. Then we get “hooked” by phishers. E-mails are often used by phishers to get people’s information such as passwords, and credit card information.

Phishing emails can appear to be very legitimate. I remember getting a particular email that asked to reactivate my amazon account by entering my credit card information. However, I did not fall for it because I knew that my amazon account had not expired, and I recognized the URL was not http://www.amazon.com it was www.amazon.suspiciousnamehere.com.

It is possible for anyone to fall into a phishing scam, as a result I feel inspired to educate others about it. There are several ways to spot phishing. I have attached a link which shows how to spot a phishing scam. So before you blindly click on that link in your email, click on this. http://bit.ly/9Jirke

Social Sites and campus

So it’s been a while since I have discussed the issue of social networks and the youth. What I decided to do this week was to just observe my surroundings particularly in class. I tried to pay special attention to people who were using the schools computers and their laptops. Not that I was prying into their business.

It was exactly what I expected. Almost 95% of the screens were facebook pages. You would think that the intensity at which they were staring at the screens would be to try to figure out some difficult assignment, but on the contrary of course it was only facebook.

I sat in the back of the classroom during a lecture, and three people sitting in the front row were busy typing on facebook and twitter.  I wonder if the lecturer actually thought the students were listening and taking notes.

It is amazing how much we have become so hooked on the social networks. Some students say they go on social sites during class to stay awake because the lecturers seldom engage the students. Some students say social sites are a form of relaxation.

Is it relaxing or distracting? Do the social sites affect how much we participate in class? Do they affect how we perform at school? Another question I have is: Should students and teachers be friends on facebook?