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English Language Coursework - Newpaper Report - Bebo

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You wouldn't let your child talk to strangers face to face! You would warn them about the dangers of strangers. Why are you letting your child spend 2-3 hours a night talking to strangers online? Recent reports have shown that recently every child that has access to the World Wide Web is a member of social networking sites. The main sites are Bebo & My-Space. In fact, 79% of secondary school children have been members of these chat sites from they started. Bebo was set up as a photo sharing site in January 2005, then turned to social networking later that year. It is thought to be the sixth biggest site in the UK, with 30million users worldwide. Parents have been given information about safety and the Child Protection laws, but this still doesn't stop the predators from signing on and terrorising our children online. The popularity of these sites are getting so out of control; children are trying to sign on in school by using proxies to disguise their history, Head teacher Dr Patrick McGovern said: "We have tried to have them blocked, but nothing has happened". ...read more.


"We have 20 full-time people who respond to reports of abuse. "We have safety tips on the website, we employ Dr H O'Connell, who is our chief safety officer and we're working on a lot of initiatives to make Bebo as safe as it can be." The site, which gives young people their own web space, has become a huge hit with students in Ireland, in particular with children as young as 13 regularly visiting it. But concerns have been raised in Northern Ireland by school principals and children's charities that some people have been using fake identities to put pornography and sectarian literature on the site. Although these are relative newcomers to the web they both have proved themselves with over 1000 people on average joining each day. The analysis shows that Bebo users tend to be younger than those on its rival with 54% of Beboers aged under 18 compared to the estimated 31% on My-Space. The audience on Bebo tends to make more use of the site spending, on average, one hour and 52 minutes on the site every month. ...read more.


In the 13 months since it launched, Bebo has racked up more than 22 million members. It is aimed at those aged 13-30 but has proved particularly popular with school and college students. Two students gave me their honest opinion of what they thought of these sites. Sarah, 15 said; "I love Bebo! As soon as I return from school I sign on to Bebo, it's great! And I don't know why so many complaints have been said about this amazing site! It's just the best". Thomas, 14 said; "My- Space is really boring. They rarely have any updates and it's the same thing old thing day in day out. Bebo is exactly the same. The only thing I like about Bebo is that they respond to your reports and they deal with the problems u have with others. Let's face it, if they both want to keep their popularities, they would need more fun interesting stuff, and it's the 21st Century for crying out loud" 1 in 5 children (5.7 million children) have received unwanted sexual solicitation in the past year. 20% (1-1. ...read more.

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