The Dangers of Social Media
Darla is experiencing a problem on a social networking site. She asks her older brother,
Michael, for some advice…
Darla: Hey, Michael, are you busy?
Michael: Not really...I’m just doing some research for a school project… what’s wrong? You
Darla: Well… I have a problem and I don’t know how to deal with it… Every time I put
pictures up on Facebook, there’s a boy who keeps writing horrible comments below them.
He’s making me look really bad! I don’t know what to do about it…
Michael: Do you know him? Has he been doing this for long?
Darla: I don’t know him personally, just to see. He’s one of my friend’s friends. He’s older
than me – I think he’s in the year above me.
Michael: Did you tell mum and dad about him?
Darla: I didn’t. And please, hold your tongue! I don’t want them to know because they’ll
blame it on me for spending too much time on social media! They might even take my phone
away…What should I do? Should I reply to him?
Michael: Are you crazy? Don’t answer at all! You should remove the pictures from your
page so that he can’t comment on them anymore. Let me see... are his comments these ones
Darla: Yes, these ones...and look at this...What is he getting at here? He’s trying to make me
look really bad... I can’t stand it anymore!
Michael: Listen to me - Just take your posts down now and the comments will disappear too.
Social networks are great but there are some rules you should follow. First, don’t reveal too
much about your private life and never give personal information. Use the personal settings
properly to protect your account and privacy and don’t accept requests from people you don’t
know! And never reply to offensive comments!
Darla: OK, you’re right...What if he writes nasty messages to me again?
Michael: Block him from your page! If he finds a way to continue writing messages, you
have to tell mum or dad! It’s called cyberbullying and in extreme cases, it should be reported
to the police. First, let’s see if it continues…
Darla: OK… Thanks Michael - I’ll let you know if there are any more nasty comments…