The World Wide Web has come a long way over the past 25 years. Most American’s can’t remember a time when the internet didn’t exist. It has made our lives easier in so many ways. It can take you places you’ve never been while never leaving your living room. You can shop for a car, apply for a job, or even get an education by the click of the mouse. The development of the web has definitely changed the way of everyday life for all of society.
While most people would agree that the internet has changed our lives for the better, there are many American’s who feel the complete opposite. On-line networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have changed the way families now communicate and interact with one another. Is the price we pay for convenience and accessibility worth it? It seems that American families are losing more than they are gaining.
When it comes to American youth, many people argue that the use of the web is doing more harm than good. With “cyberbullying” becoming more popular, our children are paying the biggest price of all. The statics can’t be ignored. Forty two percent of teenagers say they have been cyberbullied. Of that forty two percent, twenty percent say they have thought about suicide, while one in ten have actually attempted it (Laird, 2012). While many say that parents need to be more involved and monitor the way their children use the web that is easier said than done. Even with usage restrictions and web filtering, children are becoming smarter than their parents when it comes to gaining access to social media web sites.
Social Networks were invented to be fun and entertaining, and in many cases they are, but the abuse is on the rise. There was a case in Florida where a twelve year old girl took her own life after online abuse that lasted over a year. Rebecca Ann Sedwick faced cyberbullies daily and was told she was “better off dead”. She changed her name to “The Dead Girl” on her...