If you were to walk into a school cafeteria today, the scene might be somewhat different from what you would have seen, say five years ago. Today you see students on their cell phones, chatting over IM rather than face to face. Whereas before students would spend their lunch hour catching up with each other on the latest gossip, today they are checking their Facebook or MySpace page to get the latest news. Who’s dating who, who broke who’s heart, and what’s going on this weekend, can all be found online.
Along with all the latest gossip and news, you can also find the latest catfights and conflicts on these sites. Cyber bullies thrive on these sites, leaving mean spirited messages on other student’s pages, for everyone to see.
Do you think that the social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are causing more problems among students? Do they cause conflict between people where there might not have been conflict? Or do you think that these sites provide students with an outlet to their emotions? Explain your reasoning.