The Hidden Dangers of Social Media
by Kristina Keymont and Harry Gill
Class of 2015
People all over the world use social media whether it’s for business, school, or just for fun. Not a lot of people realize how dangerous it is either; they will post whatever online not knowing who is watching. Every online move you make leaves cyber footprints that are rapidly becoming a part of material for discussion for research without you ever realizing it. A vast amount of information being collected by companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter is giving them insight into all aspects of your everyday life. Students in Mrs. Lebo’s class recently learned about the dangers of social media and date collection by watching a series of videos that every high school student, or person using social media, should view.
These social networking sites have seen a boom in their popularity starting in late 2000s. Through these websites many people are giving their personal information out on the internet. Issues that arise from this include cyberstalking, location disclosure, social profiling, and third parties selling or using your information and government use of social network websites in investigations with a safeguard of subpoena. These social networks keep track of all interactions used on their sites and save them for later use. Almost half of Facebook users who left the site said it was over privacy concerns.