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Who am I ?
Transcript of Who am I ?
Social Networking Sites
Facebook How are teens using these sites to explore their Identity ? It seems that more teens are exploring their sexuality on the Internet via chat rooms. Chat rooms provide an anonymous environment, for teens to discuss sensitive subjects like sex. Sexual comments were made every four minutes in the chat space (Greenfield, 2006). “For instance, five of the adolescent participants reported that the Internet (three in public chat rooms and two in the more private instant message environment) was the venue of their first sexual experience; others reported that it was the place where they tried to change their gender and explored their sexual identity” (Greenfield, 2006). Chat rooms Personal Websites In a recent study 80% of the youths who created personal websites felt that these pages “help others to understand who they are,” and 90% felt they “can make it their own way.”(Schmitt, 2008). In the same study it was found that 54% of the teens agreed it was easier to share things about their personal life on the website, than in face-to-face conversations (Schmitt, 2008). Facebook & MySpace Facebook and Myspace now with more than 100 million visitors per month (Comscore, 2008) are places where adolescents can show their identity to their friends.
Allow your teens to use Social Networking They have a diverse population to explore their identity with
They can discuss sensitive topics while having anonymity
They can compare themselves to other teens
They can disclose things about themselves without social anxiety
Parent's pay attention Talk to your teen
Monitor their online use
Don't be judgmental but set limits
Remember this gives them a diverse group of people to explore their identity with
Most teens portray their actual selves