2pure , Social Media __ Monday, March 4, 2013 10:11 AM - Jaafar Serhal

Jaafar Serhal: How to use social media in a better way?


Put simply, social networking is a way for one person to meet up with other people on the Net. That's not all though. Some people use social networking sites for meeting new friends on the Net. Other's use it to find old friends.


Then there are those who use it to find people who have the same problems or interests they have, this is called niche networking. How to use social media in a better way?

• For parents and caretakers: Parents and the caretakers have to alert themselves regarding social media and the means which their teens may use. And they should be aware of the risks to understand and navigate technology. Family discussions are also one of the recommendations which will help teenagers in avoiding using internet. Parents should be concerned about the online protection and sharing of individual information and photos of their teens, as less sharing of personal information will prevent the risk. Most of the information should be kept private so as to avoid spammers.

• For community: Better resources should be owed to schools, libraries and community organizations, to help them in taking on risk management strategies and to offer education about online security matter. Resources are required for social services and mental health professionals, who job with minors and their families in extending their skill, to online spaces and also work with other members of the society, for identifying at-risk youth and interfere prior to risky performance results in unenthusiastic endings.

• Technological solutions: Internet providers like Google and Yahoo, and social networking sites, like Face book and YouTube, must continue in working with parents and policymakers for creating alertness and chances for privacy defense of youth and to expand technologies which will help teenagers in getting secured.

• Health providers: Medicinal and psychological health suppliers should comprise regular broadcasting to evaluate the risk for depression which considers teenagers social media use. For instance, assessing the time spent in using media as well as online activities or inquisitive about online contacts .Tools must be developed for helping providers engage in these conversations.

• Research Evaluation: continuous research is required on the achievement of social media based involvements, especially those focusing on metropolitan and countryside teenagers from lower middle class families and those with deprived home locations.

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