While social media can be used to create positive connections among people who might otherwise never meet, there is another, ominous side to the use of social media.
It can draw together individuals who should, in fact, NOT meet – such as predatory adults and gullible minors. It can facilitate bullying, emotional trauma, and cybercrime. And it can be highly addicting.
This collection of five ABC News segments examines the issues in ways that are sure to spark discussion and further study. Contains mature content. Viewer discretion is advised. Clip duration ranges from 2 to 6 minutes.
Video clips include:
- Facebook Stole My Identity – The story of a teenager who had his Social Security number and financial information hijacked after playing an online game.
- Kicking Teens Facebook Addictions – Profiles of teens who have become hooked on Facebook, followed by a discussion with online safety expert Parry Aftab.
- Cyberbullying Blamed for Teens Suicide – Did Facebook harassment cause a 15-year-old to take her own life? Fellow students and Internet safety expert Parry Aftab comment.
- The Dangers of Facebook – A report on several cases in which unsuspecting Facebook users were manipulated into dangerous and sometimes deadly situations.
- Chatroulette: Talking to Strangers – Inside a new online craze which connects users at random, enabling both harmless and explicit chat. It is free and open to minors.
Total viewing time: 23 minutes. Closed-captioned. 2010. Purchase options: DVD, 3-year Streaming, or DVD and 3-year Streaming; please see the Product Options box above when ordering.
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