Good afternoon Chairperson, time-keeper, adjudicator, fellow competitors and members of the audience. My name is Kelly Farrell and today my team and I will be persuading you that children should not be on social media. Firstly, I’ll be mentioning just how easy it is for people to hack into an account and invade your private life. Secondly, Eloise will voice her thoughts on how social media can encourage cyber-bullying. Finally, Ciara will bring up how children can see inappropriate information on Social Media.
Back to my first point: Children are extremely vulnerable these days with the amount of freedom they are given but add to that their vulnerability on line, this is exacerbated. Children are online and their lives may be totally exposed. One such way is through hacking. Hacking means to gain unauthorised data through a system or computer. This is effectively stealing information from someone’s social media account, for example: their address, phone number, school and even bank account details. Hacking into one’s social media account nowadays is unfortunately a very common occurrences and can cause untold destruction to a person life. For example: Money could be stolen from them or their information could be used for negative purposes. Often people post on another person’s account pretending to be them. This can lead to bullying and can cause serious stress to the individual. The opposition may argue that apps nowadays are very secure and safe… But as Garda Pat says once you post a picture online and later want to delete it, you assume it is gone and there is nothing to worry about…but it is NEVER GONE!!
As I mentioned earlier password security is an issue. People may have personal messages or information that has been shared in confidence stored within their social media accounts. If they have not secured their privacy settings their messages and shared pictures could be on view to anyone in the public. Privacy settings on these apps are often very difficult to find and use. Children especially may not think of trying to find them when setting up their accounts. This means the content on their apps is visible to people all over the world. This proves that social media is not only not a good idea but is seriously dangerous. Thank you for your time, I hope you are smart enough to know that social media is not a good idea, once again my name is Kelly Farrell.
Thank you for listening to my team and I who spoke to you about how social media can influence bad behaviour, encourage cyber bullying and leave children open to having their accounts hacked. We hope that all of these points make you realise how dangerous Social Media is to vulnerable children and we urge you to agree with us that social media is NOT a good idea.