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The growth of the Internet as a pop cultural medium poses a danger to youth. Teenagers could seriously end up getting hurt online without them realizing it.

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The growth of the Internet as a pop cultural medium poses a danger to youth. Teenagers could seriously end up getting hurt online without them realizing it. Online web pages such as MySpace can seriously harm teenagers. It could lead to dangerous online predators, horrible health problems, and it can be very addictive. MySpace is a perfect website for predators to prey on teenagers. It is simple for predators to manipulate and trick teens into thinking that they know them or a friend of theirs. Predators make contact with teens through conversations in chat rooms, instant messaging, e-mail, or discussion boards. Teens can easily post enough information about themselves to be abducted. An online predator looking at the teens page has enough information to arrive at their door. ...read more.


It is a condition in which the length of the eye is too long, causing light rays to focus in front of the retina rather than on it. This can result in blurred distance vision. Using the internet can also cause laziness in teens with a less desire for exercise, and may be the cause of obesity. ii There are many risks and complications with being obese. Some of them are: risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and respiratory problems. Using the internet can isolate teens, and cause emotional problems. Too much time on the internet can cause a weaker connection between relationships. This could lead to declines in social involvement and increases in loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Therefore, teens that spend more time online have a greater chance of having health risks. Teens spending hours on the internet might eventually become addicted. ...read more.


Teens that have a cybersexual addiction spend most of their time viewing, downloading, or trading online pornography. They might also participate in adult fantasy with much older members. By doing this, it could lead teens to send pornographic pictures or videos of themselves to other online users. Therefore, internet addiction can lead teens to take part in activities online that are hard to put out of your mind. In conclusion, the virtual world can be incredibly harmful to adolescents. It could make them the victims of dangerous predators and put them in an extremely unsafe situation. It possibly will cause health risks for teens. The virtual world may perhaps lead to an addiction or obsession, which would make it difficult for the teenager to escape from. These problems could turn the teens world completely upside. i St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute, "Myopia," Spring 2004, 3 Nov. 2006 < http://www.stlukeseye.com/Conditions/Myopia.asp> ii Teens Health "Obesity" 2006, 5 Nov. 2006 <http://www.kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?dn=KidsHealth&lic=1&article_set=30222&cat_id=20131&> ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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