Social Media Today Advocating to educate society on the risks of social media

Social media has become an addiction. It has changed society dramatically, for the good and bad. It is controlling our lives, and we need to make a change. We need to stop relying on social media so heavily. There are experiments done that shows social media links to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. It permits slander of the media, in personal lives and society, and allows inappropriate photos to be shared, as well as degrading thoughts and images online. It is not monitored closely and it has become a dangerous place for a teenager. Social media is a good source for mature adults to use for lots of different things but once it is placed in the wrong hands, it can destroy lives.

"Social media websites are no longer performing an envisaged function of creating a positive communication link among friends, family and professionals. It is a veritable battleground, where insults fly from the human quiver, damaging lives, destroying self-esteem and a person's sense of self-worth."

Anthony Carmona

Cyberbullying revolves around social media, and cyberbullying is becoming more and more of an issue over time. It is leading teens to get involved with drugs and alcohol sooner, it is leading to depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. 1 in every 3 teens have said they have been cyber attacked in some form. In schools today, if you aren't drinking or doing drugs, you aren't "cool" enough to fit it. Kids are wasting away their youth, and growing up too quickly and social media is instigating that. Social media is instigating the fighting, the bullying, and the illegal activity. Our youth is growing up watching this.

Amanda Todd's Life Changing Story

Amanda Todd's story needs to be heard. Amanda Todd took her own life at age 15. The reason behind it was linked to issues she was having online with a stranger. He used an inappropriate photo of Amanda to blackmail her, and harass her for over a year. This stranger online ruined her entire high school experience by the click of a button. She was tormented everyday at school, she lost her friends, she lost respect from everyone. Everyone only listened to the rumors, they didn't listen to Amanda.

Amanda Todd was exposed to emotional stress and anxiety, and she was depressed. She was prescribed to heavy depression medication, that lead to addiction. She got involved with drugs and alcohol at an early age. Social media had ruined all the things in life that she loved. She didn't want to go to school. She didn't participate in class activities. Soon social media started to run her life. Anywhere she looked, it was effecting her in some way.

What was happening to her on social media drove her to believe, suicide was the only answer. On October 10th, 2012, she killed herself. Before she did, she posted a video on Youtube. The video is linked below and I would like you to watch her story.

Social media can be a great source and it can be used for great things. The truth of the matter though, it is used for more wrong then right. Society uses it to discriminate, torment, slander, stalk others and advertise for drugs and alcohol. The way we use social media is effecting us as a whole. Amanda Todd spoke up about the problem. She just wanted us to see her story, and put a stop to the way we are treating each other. She wanted us to make a change, so others are not influenced the way she was. #Letsmakeadifference #RIPAMANDATODD

What is wrong with society today? How can we make a difference? #advocatingsocialmedia

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