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Pros and cons of social media

We like using social media and there are lots of good and bad points to both. Make sure you have permission from your parents to sign up.

INSTAGRAM It is a quick and fun way to share photos with friends. Just take a photo on your cellphone, pick a filter, and send it on its way. People could then like and/or comment on it.

Pros: People you may not know have to request your permission to see your photos. Allows you to keep in touch with long-distance friends.

Cons: Location tag makes it easy for a follower to find out exactly where you are. Direct photo messaging allows you to send inappropriate things to other people. Also, if you are not on private, a hashtag can draw negative comments.

FACEBOOK It's fun and easy to set up. Many people use it for all different reasons.

Pros: Easy to set up. A place to share thoughts and ideas; kids can meet people that have the same interests as them. Enhances social skills, allows kids to keep up with current friends and make new friends.

Cons: If you do not understand the privacy settings, hackers can access your personal information. Kids can be mean online and this could cause problems.

SNAPCHAT Sending pictures of yourself or others to anyone can be risky, but what if there was an app that lets you take a selfie so your friends can see it for just a few seconds? Snapchat is an app that is perfect for that.

Pros: Snapchat lets you be silly and goofy. You can draw all over the picture you took. With an array of colors, you can make a colorful picture to send your friends.

Cons: If the picture is something important, you only have one shot to see it. Once the picture is gone, it's gone forever. This app is makes cyber-bullying really easy. After the picture disappears, there is no proof it ever happened.

TWITTER Type up a short message (tweets) on Twitter, a social app. You can share what you are doing, what you are thinking, and what you are going to do in the future.

Pros: You can follow your favorite celebrities. Twitter lets you protect your tweets so strangers can't read them. A tweet can be sent to just one person.

Cons: Since Twitter is busy, your tweet might be buried with other tweets and not that many people might read it. You only can type up to 140 characters.

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