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Social media has become a life-line for teenagers. According to the Arab Social Media Report, 2013 by the Dubai School of Government, 70% of their respondents said that social media acts as a tool to better enhance the learning experience, whether it be promoting more interactive discussion, or creating opportunities to learn remotely through distance learning. Now that social media is mainstream, nearly 55% of students agree that social media is indeed a double-edged sword due to it being used for inappropriate behavior such as bullying and harassment. Negative aspects of the use of social media in school only highlight the pressing need to educate young people in the use of such networks.
Over the last 12 months teens shared more information than ever about themselves through their online profiles. While there’s a lot of fun and positive interaction to be had online, there are risks that a lack of accountability now could come back and bite in later life.