Many opinions come into play when thinking and talking about Social Media.  Some thoughts might be positive and some thoughts are certainly to be negative.  Are you aware the social, mental and physical effects that social media has on our society, especially children and teenagers?  Social Media Networkers are now targeting younger and younger kids due to available access to the internet at such a young age.  You hear too often about a child being “cyberbullied” or about the occasional suicide due to cyberbullies. In schools, they should offer an elective class that provides informational facts and helpful hints about the usage of social media.

According to a research done in 2011 by, “During the last 5 years, the number of preadolescents and adolescents using such sites has increased dramatically.” According to a more recent poll by Pediatrics, “22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day…” If this poll was taken 5 years ago, think about the number now in 2016.  According to, “43% have messaged strangers online by the age of 12.” These results took me by surprise as I never started a social networking account until I was a sophomore in High School. With children getting phones, tablets, and computers at such young ages now-a-days, they are also given no guidelines or supervision when released to the internet.

So how are these networking sites being exposed to our children and students? Why are the young the ones who are being targeted? Social media doesn’t have restrictions on allowing you to create who you want to “be”, that is online of course. “Cyberbullying is the deliberate use of digital media to communicate false, embarrassing or hostile information about another person” according to Campbell. This occurs way too often than it should now on social media.  Cyberbullying is more likely to occur than if you were to be bullied face to face, as the person behind the screen can be anonymous. Online bullying has become the most common “downfall” for all teens when using social media, and is known to increase anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, and possible suicide. Parents or guardians should encourage their children to report any occurrences that make them feel anyway uncomfortable and delete them as soon as possible.  When no supervision or information is given to these young kids, they have access to the World Wide Internet where there are people of all ages who prey on those who are clueless and “new” to social media. They prey on the young who only know the “good” about social media and just want to be a part of the “fad” that we have created.

Doing your part as a parent can be tricky at times, with kids now being “tech-savvy”, due to the fact that social media is such a popular “fad” that recently was offered.  Some parents simply struggle to understand how to operate a cell phone, let alone a social media account.  The gap between generations play a role in the fact that many parents don’t understand or know just how dangerous the internet can be when not being careful.  Privacy is no longer the “norm” on social media, anything that is posted can be found eventually.  There is only so much these social media networkers can do to help prevent predators on these minors. This responsibility should be relayed onto the parents, so they can make the child aware of possible dangers that are lurking online.

With kids of all ages integrating together on these social media sites, cyberbullying plays a huge part on the negative stereotype that you hear about social media.  On a poll was taken with “kids from ages 11-14, 35% of them had experienced cyberbullying at least once in their lifetimes online.”  On, “Between 2012 and 2013 there was an 87% increase in demand for children requiring counselling after suffering online bullying.”  I don’t understand why nothing is being done to inform those who don’t know or understand the possible dangers that come along with social media and the internet.

I propose that “Social Media” should be offered as an elective to the students in Middle School.  Middle Schools currently allow you to take electives such as Art, Music, Home Education, and etc. I believe that schools should create a class that is offered as an elective, which has all the current updated information about social media, and the possible dangers that can hide behind the screen. I think when students are given the facts and information they will be able to use the internet and social media more cautiously hopefully leading into less cyberbullying and negative effects done to those who use it.

The School Board of Virginia, can implement these changes during a Meeting. If any Teachers have a problem with this proposal, we can extend the possible implication to the local parents of the school committee. With these opinions of not only the teachers put in place, you can take into consideration the opinions of actual parents who has a child going to through the stage of getting to understand the “Social Media Life”.  If there is more debate on how this class will only be “promoting” students to use social media in and out of school, they should allow students and the parents of these students to have a say in if they would like their child to attend this class. They can either have their child know the facts and possible dangers with social media or to leave them empty handed when jumping into these social media sites.

The class will not only have informational about what to avoid on social media but also what is good about social media.  Social media isn’t always bad to get involved with when knowing how to use it in the correct ways.  If used for purposes such as group chats with your friends, catching up with an old friend, sharing messages with distant family, sharing things you love in photos and many others, social media can be a great thing.  Children and even adults need to fully understand the internet and social media before claiming otherwise.

I believe that although there is plenty evil that comes along with social media, I think certain networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great for connecting with long lost friends, to stay in touch with distant family members, or even to follow a celeb crush to follow their life. These networking sites can potentially expand a child’s understanding on how our world works within the internet and not just negatively by separating from one another.

Teachers will be able to inform the students of correct ways to be cautious and how to protect yourself on social media networking sites with helpful hints and useful online sources. Social Media was made for the good of communications with friends and family, not to degrade one another human.  Cyberbullying is a big issue in why parents don’t allow their kids to create social media accounts, but there are ways to prevent it when given the correct information and guidelines.  If given the information on how to avoid bullies and how to use these social media sites in a positive way, these students could possibly inform their parents of just how useful the internet can be.

With this class put into place I think it can only benefit the students who take this class, and the parents of them. Having all the information that they need in order to stay responsible and safe online, they can only be safer and better off than before the class.  The kids will walk away with knowledge on what to avoid online and what exactly is too much about yourself is displayed for their viewers.  Parents will feel at ease with their children knowing just what could possible happen if not safe when using these networking sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  With a class put into place in schools, the information these students will be able to learn and retain can prevent negative outcomes that social media can cause.


















O’Keefe, Gwen. “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents and Familes.” Pediatrics. American Accademy of Pediatrics, n.d. Web.

Williams, Rhiannon. “Children Using Social Networks Underage ‘exposes Them to Danger'” The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, n.d. Web. 11 July 2016.

Campbell, Angie. “How to Protect Your Kids from Social Media Dangers.” Upstate Parent. N.p., 30 Oct. 2015. Web. 11 July 2016.

Charlton, Alistair. “Over Half of UK Parents Unaware If Their Children Are Being Cyberbullied.” Ibtimes. Business Times, 23 Mar. 2015. Web.


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In the editorial I chose Shame or the Lack of Shame in Social Media, it states that “The notion of privacy and the line of discretion between what is private and what is public is fast disappearing.” Self-promoting publicity is what’s “in” right now for everyone on social media.  Today people will openly share almost anything online with no hesitation.  We forget where we draw the line between what should be seen by our friends and family versus what gets shared on our online accounts. Why take a picture and print it out for your family when you could just upload it for everyone online to see.  Privacy needs to become “normal” again and I it’s time we remind the people on the World Wide Web of that.

With the current “selfie” culture now a days, you will be walking past a group of girls all taking pictures of themselves or their friends out in the open.  These photos taken with their phones, cameras, and most importantly selfie sticks can found majority of the time on their social media accounts.

With these popular networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter allowing you to upload a photo or video as long as you have service, private pictures are no longer the norm. Since we have grown to become more acceptable of what others post of social media sites, Goffman’s’ “frontstage” and “backstage” versions of us begin to clash.  (Page. 11)

With people walking down the street, phones glued to their hands, it’s uncommon to see someone without a phone. Some of you don’t even know what it’s like to not own a phone.    What people don’t notice is that you could be recorded or “snapped” by one of those “zombies.” You could be live on any internet site without your consent or knowledge.

With “vulgar”, shameful photos and posts being explored each day it has become one of the norms to see them on social media.  As you scroll down your friends news feed it isn’t uncommon to find profanity or half naked ladies with multiple likes or comments.  This is self-promoted publicity that someone wanted others to see, but maybe not all who view.   With that photo posted online being viewed by thousands of eyes, it is now in the hands of the World Wide Web.

As the web enhances and with self-disclosure tools the people who are viewing you online could be tripling minute by minute. In SOLO Brake expresses that his users believed that only a few thousand of their friends and colleagues viewed their social media, this was wrong. (Pg.2)

When posting things online you wouldn’t personally take offense in, you must also think of your viewers feelings.  If you are posting things for the family, you have to take who your viewers are into consideration seeing as it could potentially upset someone and or make them angry.  An example might be if you posted a picture of a newborn baby, this could make a mother who had lost her baby possibly upset.  This falls along into Goffman’s views of when to be “backstage and when to be “frontstage.”

Self-disclosure techniques are evolving tremendously on the social networking sites, now people need to take advantage of them and use the tools.  The Worcester Polytechnic Institute had a group of men write a paper on Self-disclosure on social networking sites.  These researchers, described how a study concluded that people overly perceived their privacy online due to not simply knowing how to be put on private. (WPI)

I personally can understand where some people can get frustrated with “how to” make your profile private and how to set it for only some viewers to see, and that all deems back to the social networking site producers. I have countless times had to change my privacy settings because I wasn’t aware what was being viewed by all my friends or a select few.

Along with social media companies’ failure to help users with information on who views their profile and what all they can view, “there are also factors working together that can make it difficult for people to use the tools available to protect their privacy when they post online” which is also falls back on the social networking producers. (p.9) Networking sites should be giving easy follow steps on “how to” set your profile, pictures, posts, friends to private.






Observer, Jamaica. “Shame or Lack of Shame in Social Media.” Jamaica Observer, 7 Jan. 2016. Web. 2 July. 2016

Brake, David. Sharing Our Lives Online: Risks and Exposure in Social Media. , 2014. Print.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Self- Disclosure on Networking Sites, 2011. Online paper.


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Online Identity Reflection

online vs off

In today’s world and society technology now plays a big role in how we communicate and live on a day to day basis. There are now many different ways on the web to communicate with one another.  Social media is the number one source online where news is relayed, it has become the world in which we share opinions and express who we “are” to one another. As I start to look on my three profiles which thankfully aren’t very detailed and are set to private, you can get a small grasp of the type of person I believe to think I am.

As a person who grew up with everyone in my household having their own computer, I was involved in social media every day.  I was also involved in dancing when I was growing up, spending more than 5 hours a day after school in the dance studio which meant coming home to hours spent all night on the computer to “catch up” on what I had missed while away.  Being awake at nights and gone from the computer during the evenings when my peers and friends have been online, I began to lose interest in the internet.  I craved the face to face thrill you get when talking to someone, online you miss all the hand gestures and facials made when having a great conversation with someone.  Missing all the action online while I was away at dance was when I started to give up a lot of social media because it became useless and unimportant to me. I now only possess Facebook, Instagram, and snapchat because I try to refrain from having social media play a major role in my life.   I use them basically to share photos of things that are important to me.

Looking at my profile pictures you can tell that my dog and my friends hold a big piece of importance in my life.  My Facebook feeds back to my freshman year of high school where you can tell I was into two things at that point, cheerleading and my girlfriend. (  I was very in tune into my relationship and that was it, I cut out friend ties and was only available to her.  My posts mostly involve how unhappy I was in my relationship and expressing things I had wanted her to see but had posted for the public.  I was very immature in that moment of my life and happy to say I grew out of that and my social media life defiantly shows that as you feed into the more recent posts. As I come to the more recent times in my life such as coming into college my social media life shows a much better perspective of who I am now.  Majority of my posts involve my friends, dogs, food, and posts about overcoming life hardships such as depression and anxiety as a college student. I bought a dog my junior year to help calm all the stress I felt with being away at school. My love for my wiener dog Hazel, is something I’ve never felt before.   If you were to scroll down my most recent posts 90% of them revolve around wiener dogs.  I’ve only had her for about a year and if you were to look up my profile you would think it’s her own profile as over 50% of the posts/pictures are about her. (

Instagram on the other hand is the social media site where I automatically go to when on my phone.  I post up to one picture per week for my friends and family to view. Looking in from the outside my Instagram posts mainly also involve my dog Hazel, my boyfriend of now, and a few close friends.  It shows my love for social gatherings in posts where you can see my friends and I smiling in arms of each other. Majority of my posts with friends is either at a friend’s house on Longwood’s campus or at the local 202 Bar on campus.  ( )  I love to be out and about with people who make me smile, and my posts defiantly portray that as majority of them are taken outside of my home and places where people gather to be with one another. These posts are posted most weekends as week days I am busy with school work so weekends are spent having fun. This shows my love for being face to face with people but also sharing my most valuable and precious moments with those who can’t be there face to face.

Another observation that would be made if an outsider was to explore my stories on snapchat you would see that I work very hard 5 days a week as a preschool teacher of 2 year olds.  I love my job and it is evident that I do by the amount of posts that I share with my friends for my two year olds.  I have stories put up day to day of them painting, playing with playdough, making sand castles or sleeping in my arms.  I love what I do and my snapchat clarifies that to anyone views it.  Since I do not post many pictures of my preschoolers on more open professional websites such as Facebook, that professional side of my life is hidden to a lot of viewers of mine.  I do not want to invade any of my two year olds parents’ privacy by publically posting a picture online for all viewers to see rather than my own personal snapchat where only my close friends view my stories.

I believe my past behavior on social media will not affect my professional academic future in any way.  I have pictures and posts about me graduating which shows my academic and education is a top priority of mine.  I have tons of posts about how beloved and important my dog is to me, showing responsibility and compassion to those who do not know me personally.  The difference between my online identity and my real life identity is that is doesn’t show all my accomplishments such as becoming a preschool teacher which will help me in the future to become a teacher for k-6.  It doesn’t list all my volunteer work that I’ve done from Special Olympics to serving food to the homeless. Since some of the better aspects in my life are not online this could possibly negatively affect my future employer’s representation of me.  Thankfully my social media does show the importance of animals and my family and friends play on my life which will hopefully provide some positives to my profiles for some viewers. Overall I do not feel as if my hard working academic identity is portrayed well on my social accounts as if you would feel as if you were to meet me face to face and have that representation of me rather than online.
















Cited Sources

Mcdougall, Bailie.  “Profile Information” Jan. 2010- Present.

Mcdougall, Balile. “Profile Information” Instagram, Dec 2012-Present.

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About Me


First off I’d like to say welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy my entries!  This blog post is about me and mainly my own opinions and how I play a role in today’s social media and vice versa.

I have pretty much spent the past three years in Farmville Virginia attending Longwood University during fall, spring, one winter, and some summer courses.  I live in a nice house with my puppy and best friend on campus and I’d say that I have it pretty good.  I am a senior who is in the process of getting my teaching license to become a teacher for k-6 grade.

My passion is children and I dream about teaching them so many great things about this wonderful world we live on. I nanny for a young boy who I’ve known for a few years but on my days off I enjoy being outside.  I enjoy English also which is why I recently decided to pick it up as a minor.  I don’t necessarily like to read but I like to learn about all the different “components” that come along with it. I guess you could say it comes from me being extremely “nosey”, it’s not that I need to know the information it’s that I want to know it.

Most people use social media hand in hand when they are known for being “nosey” so they can scope out information that isn’t necessarily easily accessible to everyone.  I personally, I am horrible with social media.  I believe it stems from my hatred towards phones and how I believe that it has made this world more difficult for one to have a relationship with others than it was meant to be to begin with.  I believe it can ruin many people’s relationships or even lives with one wrong click or post.  I tend to stay off social media because of the drama I think it creates but I also believe it is so very useful in certain ways to access information when needed.

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