What are the disadvantages of using social networking sites regarding students?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It isn't clear exactly what you mean, but I am going to assume you mean using social networking sites such as Facebook as an educational tool.  One disadvantage to this is that it removes a certain distance between teacher and students, allowing both access to too much personal information and allowing students and teacher to communicate in ways that might not be appropriate.  Some schools have policies which prohibit teachers and students from being friends on Facebook for this very reason.  Second, the use of social networking sites in the classroom can be more of a distraction than a tool for education.  I have read of teachers who have used Facebook educationally, but I have never read of how these efforts turned out.  Social networking is meant to be social, not educational, and when students are on Facebook, it always turns out to be far more social than educational.  


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junegcyr | (Level 1) Honors

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Social Networking website includes so many people and many interesting features. These websites attract any person easily because of its various stuffs as chatting with friends, sharing information, playing games or finding new friends. The long time use of social networking website is very dangerous for any person mostly for students.

There are many students use social networking sites till mid night which is dangerous for their health and also waste time. These will directly effects on study. Another disadvantage for student is they all time thinking about any stuff of social networking site which makes them depress. There are many other disadvantages of social networking website for students.

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Disadvantages of social networking is that people spend way too much of their time on these sites and never care about what happens around them or outside of the social networking world. 

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Kids can post too much on sites like these, they can take it to be their diary and sometimes from social networking sites they get in trouble. They can also spend too much time online because of this.