Making Online Friends

Making Online Friends

Making online friends refers to meeting friends through the online world (such as Facebook and forums) that you do not know in real life. Moreover, virtual communities refer to communities made up of people with similar interests or value orientations.

Effects

1. Weak awareness of risks and leaking private personal information
2. Making bad online friends by mistake and increasing the risk of being hurt
3. Judgment is easily affected by peer pressure from online friends
Tips on wisely choosing online friends

1. Clearly recognize the difference between real friends and making friends online
2. Increase privacy settings and avoid adding strangers as friends
3. Do not reveal or disclose private information and your whereabouts to online friends
4. Do not rush headlong into having video calls with online friends and even meeting up in person
5. Consider discussing with parents and friends first before meeting online friends and prepare an exit plan