How would you feel if you were set up, humiliated, hurt physically and mentally all because you thought you knew and could trust who you were talking to…
The majority of us accept people on Facebook if we know of them. But… Do we really know these people? How many of them would actually be there for you if you really needed them? It’s simple to create a profile, add your friends, upload pictures etc, but when it comes down to it, how can we 100% guarantee that we actually know who we are talking to?
Asking adults and parents why they think teenagers create a Facebook account, the most common answer is; ‘Because all their friends have it’. If you searched through your ‘friends’ list, you’d find a few people and think to yourself; ‘Am I actually friends with them’?
It’s interesting how many people post status’s about not wanting people to know about their lives, but, setting up an account and writing status’s about what you’re doing every day, you’re actually letting these people in, telling them everything you supposedly don’t want them to know.
I’m sure many of us have heard our parents or others disagreeing with Facebook and other social networking sites, questioning why you can’t just pick up the phone and have a normal healthy conversation rather than typing away about what you’re doing or where you’re going.
Many people get themselves into vulnerable situations, arranging to meet up with people on the internet and then being set up, having someone else unexpected turn up. For example, a friend of mine thought she’d been messaging a boy online. They arranged to meet somewhere local, and that’s when she found out that she had actually been communicating with the boy’s ex-girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend was there with two of her friends who assaulted and threatened her.
She hadn’t been aware she was messaging the wrong person all along. It’s easy to pretend to be someone you’re not if you’re hiding behind a computer screen, but it’s also important to know exactly who you’re meeting.
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