PART V WRITING (45 MIN)
With the continued increase of parents who communicate with their children through social media, social networking will never be the same for both parents and children. Can social networking help parents and children strengthen their relationship or give rise to distrust between parents and children due to some pa stalking or following their children anonymously on social media? The following are opinions from both sides. Read the excerpts carefully and write your response in about 300 words, in which you should:
1. summarize briefly the opinions from both sides;
2. give your comment.
Marks will be awarded for content relevance, content sufficiency, organization and language quality.Failure to follow the above instructions may result in a loss of marks.
Retweeted by Mom? Teenagers might say they'd die of embarrassment. But teenagers who are connected with their parents via Twitter and other social media have better relationships with them, and fewer behavioral problems.
Researchers at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, polled 491 teenagers and their parents about social media use, and then used a variety of behavioral tests to measure parent-child connection. They looked at delinquency, depression, eating disorders, aggression in relationships and positive behaviors toward o That last one asked the teens if they agreed with phrases that would be music to any parent's ear, such as, "∀really enjoy doing small favors for my family."
End results: The teenagers who were most connected to their parents on Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media felt closer and more connected to their parents in real life. The teenagers in families who used social media to stay connected also were less likely to be depressed, delinquent, and aggressive.And they were more likely to be kind and thoughtful with others.
BYU psychologist Sarah Coyne, the lead author of the study, readily admits that she didn't prove that the reach-out-and-text effort from parents is causing all this goodness."The downside of our study is we didn't ask what parents were doing on social media," Coyne tells Shots. But she thinks the value comes in using social media tools as "a show of love and support and getting a better sense of what's happening in the teens' world."
Parents should make it clear early on that they'll be on social media, too, and using it to monitor their children's activities, Coyne says. "It's a great conversation to have, especially with younger teens."But Coyne suspects that more parents are hesitating to post, Tweet, or Snapchat with their progeny.
"Try it out," she says. It's their world, after all. And don't you want to know where your kids are hanging out?The study also found that teenagers who were heavy users of social media, independent of parents connections, were more likely to have problems, including delinquency, aggressive relationships and depression.
Virtual communication online actually undermines parent-child relationship. Most children believe that more space should be given to real-life communication, which could boost honesty, trust and concentration.
Firstly, real-life communication is much better than communication online in terms of enhancing parent-child relationship, for the former can better guarantee honesty of the communication. Real-life communication is often a combination of verbal communication and body-language communication. It is often done in an extemporaneous manner. These two factors together ensure that people have little chance to ask for others' advice or make up lies or excuses without looking or sounding awkwardly during communication.Therefore, real-life communication itself constitutes a confirmation of honesty.
Secondly, real-life communication deserves more attention than online communication, for it can eliminate distrust between parents and children. According to a recent survey, most children feel disgusted their parents stalk or follow their accounts anonymously on social media. However, what they do not realize is that they barely talk with their parents in their daily lives and these parents have to do it so as to know well. Therefore, both sides should talk with each other through real-life communication so that distrust between parents and children will be greatly eliminated. The more frequent face-to-face communications , the less distrust and conflicts between parents and children. Thus, full play should be given to real-life communication.
Write your response on ANSWER SHEET FOUR.