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The perils and pitfalls of social media
Social media can be quite the double edged sword. We use it a lot. It has become integral to our social world. I mean it was years ago when I sent off my last birthday invitation. Today we just set up a Facebook event and BAM! I invite whomever I want.
The problem, however, is how fast it is to send a message. You are a click away from a funny joke or a bad argument. You are a click away from telling someone you like them or accidentally ending a good friendship.
I remember I used to play this one online game called Ogame. It was a text based game and was quite fun to play, you would have your own planets, you would build up resources and go across the galaxy building your own empire. I did have a problem though. There was a bully in school that always knew how to take me down in every which way possible.
One of those ways was to get into Ogame and strike war against me, every single time. It was ruining the experience for me, so in the end I went straight up to him and I told him right off. I told him that I wouldn’t let him ruin the game for me, no matter how hard he tried!
I think I’ll go back to that game now…
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The Pros and Cons of Facebook Friendships
My son uses Facebook a lot and often gets into difficulties. Luckily he’s in the habit of coming to me for advice.
He’ll rush downstairs saying; ‘We’ve got a situation, Mum.’
Generally he hasn’t understood that people’s teasing is just what teenage boys call ‘banter’ and that he doesn’t need to take it too seriously.
Often he’s terribly argumentative as he wants people to see his point of view and to agree with him… and of coures they don’t… especially when it comes to supporting football teams.
Often my son also doesn’t get the meaning of what people are saying to him online, he does have a significant language disorder.
The blessing is that he does come to his parents for help.
So Facebook is a real mixed blessing for him. It helps him to connect but it can also make him very stressed.