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and to improve your children's safety when they're surfing the internet.
Do you feel like your children are permanently plugged in o their networks of online friends and that they’re exchanging a lot of information? You’re absolutely right. According to the Media-Awareness study Young Canadians in a Wired World, 66% of youth communicate with their friends by instant messaging and teens are the biggest users of social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace) and chat systems.
Girls between 15 and 17 especially love social networking sites, and 70% of them have created their own homepages, compared to only 54% of boys. On these pages, girls tell a lot about themselves, publishing excerpts from their diaries, for example, or photos of parties.
At the same time, new technologies related to the internet create a feeling of anonymity for young people, which makes the web a perfect platform for people who want to bully others or adults who want to exploit children or teenagers. In other words, people do things online that they would not necessarily do in “real life.”
Chat (or clavardage to use the French word) allows people from all around the world to communicate in writing in real time online. Messages typed by one participant are automatically sent to the screens of the other participants. The written conversation appears simultaneously so the participants can quickly share their thoughts.
For more information about chatting:
A social network is a set of social entities such as individuals and organizations related to each other through links made through social interactions.
Social networking is closely related to a set of web applications that connects friends, partners and other people using a variety of tools. These applications, known as social networking applications, are becoming increasingly popular.
The first online social networking site was Classmates.com, which opened in 1995. It was only in 2001 that social networking websites for groups of friends began to appear. The popularity of this type of social networking, widely used by online communities, skyrocketed in 2002 with the advent of a website called Friendster.
Today there are more than 200 social networking sites. Their popularity has risen rapidly and in 2006 Myspace had more hits than Google. Facebook is another network that is extremely popular among young people.
A few social networks:
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