Read the four texts below and then write an article for your school magazine about how teenagers can stay safe when using social networking sites.
The way that young people communicate has changed greatly since a generation ago. These days, 60% of those aged 10-15 use social networking websites or apps. The number increases as children get older, peaking at the age of 15. At this age, four fifths engage in social networking of some kind. This type of communication is clearly important for today’s youth, and many feel that it has a positive impact on their lives. 22% of children aged 10-15 feel that they can express themselves more freely online than they can in day-to-day life. Many say that their social networking profiles describe them positively. On the other hand, a significant number of young people have suffered from cyber-bullying and many others fear that they would be left out of their social circle if they didn’t regularly frequent social networking websites.
Jess B: Today we had a lesson at school about cyber bullying. My teacher says that about a quarter of teenagers today do it! But I can’t believe that! I’ve never been mean to anyone over the internet and none of my friends have either.
Lucia: Really? Haven’t you ever posted a bad photo of someone online, or ‘liked’ a mean comment about someone?
Jess B: Well, yes, of course. Everyone does that, but we’re only having fun.
Lucia: I don’t think so. You don’t know how this makes people feel.
Jess B: I suppose you’re right. I never thought about it that way.
Student Name: Martha Consuelo
Many people worry that teenagers spend too much time online. One study said that they spend more time on the Internet that they do sleeping! However, I believe that they spend a lot of this time doing useful activities, that help them work, socialise and relax. To find out how the Internet helps students I conducted the following study.
I asked 20 students not to use the Internet in their free time for two weeks. Afterwards, I gave them a questionnaire, which asked them how they felt about their work, social life and free time. I also gave the questionnaire to 20 students who had used the Internet as usual for two weeks.
I found out that students felt more relaxed without the Internet, because they felt they had much more free time. However, most said they thought their school work suffered and several felt they were missing out on their social life.
Write an article for your school magazine about how teenagers can stay safe when using social networking sites.
Use the information you read in Task 2 to:
- talk about teenagers online habits
- mention the mistakes teenagers make social networking
- advise students how to use social-networking sites more safely
Write 100-130 words