The Dangers of Social Media


The Dangers of Social Media to Children and Young People.




People might not be who they say they are on the Internet and may be interacting with them on a disingenuous basis.
There may be a temptation to reveal  damaging personal information that may give away where they are going to be; or doing at particular times and thus put them in danger.

Posts on Social Media sites such as Facebook, YouTube or Instagram will exist forever and anything posted that is inappropriate might come back to bite them some time in the future.
Videos posted of you doing something  for a laugh might be viewed in a different light by future employers for instance.

Cyberbullying is a big problem currently affecting a lot of children as some people can use the anonymity provided by the Internet to make hurtful comments to their fellow pupils.

The Dangers of Oversharing on Social Media


Being a child Social Media star and always having pictures  or videos uploaded of you looking happy or portraying an image of perfection can cause psychological problems over the long term as having to pretend to be something that you are not causes an internal dichotomy which can be harmfull.








The Development of You Tube

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The Development of YouTube

You Tubes initial premises was above a Japanese Restaurant and from that humble start the company’s founders built the company.

The first video was uploaded on April 23rd and in it one of the company’s founders made a visit to the Zoo.

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There was a major development in 2006 when You Tube was purchased by Google for a total of $1.65 Billion and the company grew considerably over the next few years.

A tidy profit of more than $300 million was made by the company’s founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen.

In 2007 televised debates between the candidates in the US election were jointly broadcast between You Tube and CNN.

In November 2008 an agreement was reached between You Tube and major American companies such as the film studios MGM and the TV network CBS to broadcast full length films and TV shows.

You Tube isn’t just funny videos about dogs skateboarding; there is a wealth of educational material as well.
A good example is Yay Math by Robert Adhoot; an inspirational Maths teacher from Los Angeles who I highly recommend.

Let me also recommend for those who like chess, a channel by International Chess Master John Bartholomew who takes on all comers on the Internet.

From 2012 onwards You Tube has been ranked the third most visited website after Google and Facebook and around 60 hours of new video is uploaded the site every minute.

The Development of Facebook

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The Development of Facebook

Facebook was originally called “the Facebook” and was developed by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004. Facebook’s original mission statement included: To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
The original idea was to allow American College Students to keep in touch with each other and the site quickly became popular.

By 2006 anyone with an email address can join and no fee is charged.
The sites business model relies on Facebook’s algorithms gathering data on users that they can sell to advertisers.

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Shortly after that Facebook launched News Feed which gives a constantly updating list of stories in the middle of your home page.

A major milestone for Facebook was reached in 2008 when they became the most used Social Media website and followed that up by introducing Live Feed to compete with Twitter.

Today the site has more than a quarter of the entire world who regularly use the site.

The Floating Schuil


A brand new school was built in Lochside, Dumfries in 2017 – 2018.

As with any new initiative there was local debate about the project in the planning and building stages.

The controversy inspired local author Kat Edwards to write this fantasy story called the The Floating Schuil (floating school).
A book for young and old that can be enjoyed as a family.

The fantasy is mixed with local history and folklore.

The book finds comedy in the story of the new school and is written in the Scots language.

Although many locals will know many of the words, there some that have been forgotten over the years and are reintroduced here.
The English translations are on the opposite page.

This also allows the book to be used as an educational tool for teachers.


In a comical fashion the book mirrors real life events when after the book was written the new school in Lochside fell to bits.

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Social Presence Theory

Social  Presence Theory is a term used to define how a person chooses to represent themselves on Websites  such as Facebook ,Instagram and similar Social Media Platforms.


When you are interacting with others on the Internet,their is no face to face involvement and you cannot read reactions or get feedback from body language, how real the interaction is depends on the medium you are using and your computer skills.




Content Curation

Content Curation doesn’t mean creating content, but rather the process of sorting and filtering the data produced by all the bloggers on the Internet into a  digestible and usable form.

The best website to help you in the process of Content Curation is: is a website  designed to help you to find out whats happening in the world of all the topics that interest you.
They gather from all the worlds top blog sites  the most interesting material and aggregate them into a more usable form.
On AllTop you can access Washington Post Politics and find out what Donald Trumps been up to recently or why Ugandans Youth are so angry.
On Techcrunch the most recent news about technology is readily accessible.
The latest news from Reddit and NPR can keep you up to date and find out what dead penguins can teach us about Global Warming on Mashable.

The latest from major broadcasters such as the BBC, CNN and can be easily accessed.

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The first microblogs were known as tumblelogs and are smaller than traditional blogs.
The most famous microblog is of course Twitter.

Others include :

  1. Posterus To make a Post on Posterus all you have to do is  send an email to
  2. Friendfiend is a microblog that allows you to  combine all of your social media information into one stream –  all of your tweets from Twitter and your Facebook updates etc all in the one place.
  3. Tumblr is a famous microblogging site that is very similar to Posterus.
  4. Dailbooth – The idea behind this microblog is to take a picture of yourself every day and chronicle your ups and downs through life.
    People who use this site believe this pictures are of interest to other people.
  5. 12 Seconds is microblog that shares small videos.

Google+ is a microblog I have recently subscribed to and will investigate more in the coming months.