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  • Are Facebook and Twitter Hindering Family Communication?

    We take a deeper look into popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to get a clearer picture of their implications for the family.
    by Julian Vorpal .
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    To top it off, there are cases of careless spouses posting photos and tweets of their infidelity for all the world to see, which is why Facebook is also studied by private investigators and the US government for court-admissible evidence for things such as infidelity and breach-of-contract activities, all the way up to misdemeanors and felony cases. What’s worse, with the rising cases of virtual identity theft and hacking, people have to exercise care lest their Twitter or Facebook pages get hijacked and their data stolen (credit card info, personal info used to access email, etc.) or used to spread computer viruses, spam emails and links to disreputable sites.
     

    Virtual and Social Realities
    Linda Fogg Philips, co-author of the book, Facebook for Parents – Answers to The Top 25 Questions, advocates the proper use of Facebook and other social media sites, and notes these four benefits to enhance family relationships:

    1. Becoming more aware
     Observing the status updates and posts that your child makes on his Facebook wall will give you insight into his thoughts and feelings. You will also be able to get a glimpse of his friends and how they interact with each other.  

    2. Facilitates better communication
     Facebook, Twitter and other social media can be tools to facilitate greater family communication. Regularly posting updates for family members can be an activity that the whole family can participate in and enjoy. It’s an easy way to stay on top of the latest developments with family, especially children who have left the nest or parents who pursue work abroad.

    3.  Teaches life skills
     Children can practice and develop real life skills in the virtual confines of Facebook and Twitter that they will use in their adult world. Skills that deal with aspects of leadership, learning, developing one’s identity and relationship management are invaluable for your child’s future and can be nurtured through social networking activities.

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