Should children join social networking sites?

07/12/2011 | NPR.org

Considering that social media can pose risks to youths, including cyberbullying and sexual abuse, there's a debate over whether it's helpful for children to join social networking sites, such as Facebook. A recently published report says there are benefits to social media and it can even be an alternative learning tool. "A large part of this generation's social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cellphones," report co-author Gwenn O'Keeffe said. "Parents need to understand these technologies so they can relate to their children's online world -- and comfortably parent in that world."

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