When people think of social media, they often think of teenagers and college students posting statuses and tweeting about their latest dramas. While this type of outlet takes up a large amount of social media, it is not what it is all about. When teenagers and other youth are using social media it is important for them to remember that they are still in real life. Many youngsters think of social media as a virtual reality where they can say or do almost anything they want without consequences.
When teenagers and young adults engage in activity online, it may seem to them like nothing is real. It is all online so it isn’t in real life to them. They often feel like they are protected behind a keyboard and a screen and they do not behave with the social obedience they would in “real life.”
The increase in cyber bullying and even deaths that have resulted from cyber bullying is a great indicator that many of today’s youth do not take the social media experience seriously. Youth often say and do whatever they please online while hurting and affecting others lives.
Often when there is cyber bullying going on, there are not many consequences unless the young person is caught when it is too late. Most social media sites do not have consequences for bullying allowing the child to believe it is socially acceptable to act however they please on a social media site.