Indeed social media sites can help promote creativity, integration and learning in our children and students. It has brought radical changes in our life; both, positive and negative. Unfortunately, the negative aspects though less discussed have fascinated the contemporary youth and have received a warm welcome. Bluntly speaking, Facebook is a curse for contemporary youth because concerns have been raised about links between heavy social media use, depression, cyberbullying, online harassment, trolling, emotional pain, affected personality socially and ethically.
In America, a survey conducted among the 7th Grade Students. This study put forth that 70% of 7th Grade Students claimed to have experienced cyber harassment. This form of harassment consists of especially common among teenagers. According to observers harmful bullying behaviours can include posting rumours about a person, threats, sexual remarks, disclose victims personal information, the victim may suicidal ideation, frustrated, angry and depressed. Teens those use frequently and especially who are susceptible may become more narcissistic, antisocial and aggressive.
A head teacher in the UK commented in 2015 that social media caused more stress to teenage children than examination. According to Stephen Marche, ‘Facebook making us lonely’. According to critic Dr Lyna Fitzgbbans, “we worry about social media is a kind of virtual bathhouse”.
Since the most popular form of social media is the creation of the FACEBOOK in 2004, it has become a distracted and a way to waste time for many users. Last but not the least, in our beloved Chitral popularity of Facebook, has taken the district by storm. Due to ubiquities of Smartphones, our young people are twiddling with it all day in and day out. They have set aside all things and stick to this contemporary disease at large. Of course, it is their right, but it should be utilised in a befitting manner and at a leisure time. If this trend lingering on not only divert attentions of our students toward studies and reading but also whittled away of noble features of inquisition, curiosities, abilities, potentialities and hard working from the students. Students waste their precious time like a lotus eater, having stay put on: we are here to eat, play and enjoy.
If we really want to secure our student’s tomorrow and save them from this contemporary disease in our beloved District Chitral, then a balancing check and time framework are inevitable particularly at least on the teenagers’ use of Facebook.