The effects of Facebook

By Wazi Kunene

Schools around the world are complaining about the social network phenomenon that is Facebook. This came after a meeting with a number of education departments.  The topic of the meeting was ‘Learners today are not competent enough to handle pressure in high learning’.

Research has shown that more than 76% of high school learners are using Facebook, which has further proved that children are mentally affected by the website. Facebook has also shown to be dangerous as young people are giving off very important and private information about themselves to strangers.

Child Psychologist Doctor Ooza Daganyembe says that this does not only create a youth that is not involved with the world, but the risks of depression leading to obesity are increasing tremendously.

Though social networking can be seen as a tool of learning and keeping your children in doors and away from negative influences, it hugely affects the learners.

Not only do children obtain negative academic marks but slowly their relationship with their parents is being compromised. Parents are also said to be failing their children by neglecting them and allowing them to have computers in their rooms. It is advised for parents to limit the time the children spend on the computers and rather spend their time on other physical activities.

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8 Responses to The effects of Facebook

  1. Aiman says:

    Dear Mr/Mrs Kunene,
    I am an International Baccalaureate (IB) student at the British International School of Jeddah. One of the requirements for the IB diploma is a research essay of 4000 words. The subject I am writing my extended essay is “Information Technology in a Global Society” (ITGS. My research topic is based on Facebook.

    You would greatly help me with my research by answering the following questions:

    What is the solution to control the use of Facebook by children?

    How can we stop children from being trapped in Facebook?

  2. Trowalts says:

    Please justify your statements and if your going to bother to write something, but some time into it, because the above is rather bad…

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