Should Social Network Sites Be Banned? Essay

2131 Words Feb 17th, 2010 9 Pages
“Social Network sites should be banned as they cause a breakdown in real-life communication.” Do you agree?

Social network sites can be defined as web-based services that allow individuals to construct a public or semi-public profile in a bounded system. One can articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection and also view their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature of these connections may vary from site to site.
A social network service focuses on building social relations between people who share similar interests or activities. They essentially consist of a profile, the person’s social links and a variety of additional services. Most social network sites provide a means for
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The term ‘cyber bullying’ is often used very loosely and in one definition, just having an embarrassing picture displayed on a SNS constitutes the ‘cyber bullying’. As many people are away, embarrassing pictures are very often displayed on sites, whether it just be for fun or with a more malicious intent; therefore one cannot tell if the statistics being published correctly reflect the current situation of the number of people being ‘bullied’ through these sites. A blog post[3] on Simple Thoughts – A Java and Web Blog illustrates this point exactly. The writer articulates that SNS are not the cause of bullying; they are merely an “extension of bullying”, or a new platform for the behaviour that was already taking place. It is very difficult deal with the bullying taking place on these sites and to come up with a solution to decrease the number of people who feel they have been bullied on the SNS. The predominant problem is that schools are not able to monitor the bullying on these sites. Perhaps some sort of structure should be put in place so that the conversations taking place can be monitored and reported. Some sites have put into place a ‘help’ button, which alerts other members of the sites individuals feel victimised or distressed. I feel that this is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to educate users of the implications of their actions online.

If one were to

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