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Social media has allowed us to communicate with each other and has been a great way for people to experience moments together, but unfortunately it has also become a platform in which many people have experienced online exploitation. The victims of online exploitation may experience forms of abuse, such as cyberbullying and harassment. This happens mostly to teenagers because we are the ones who use social media the most.

Social media has had a huge impact on teenagers in a positive but also negative way. It has changed their ways of communicating and has affected their social skills. It has also had some positive effects on teens, as it allows them to build connections and support each other. However, I think that it could also cause lots of harm. Social media platforms can be the cause of online exploitation. There are many cases in which kids can be getting bullied online and others can make fun of them for it. Without even knowing by doing this, it can cause harm to others.

We can help prevent minors from online exploitation on social media platforms by communicating with a friend. If you see a friend that may be bullying or sending a mean text to someone, try talking to them and let them know that it’s wrong. If you see that a friend’s mood starts to seem off or upset after using their phone, talk to them and ask them if everything is okay. It’s important to keep our eyes open and provide help and support for those who might be in this situation. For parents it’s also important to communicate with their child and make sure they don’t spend too much time on social media. Any mean or rude comment can ruin someone’s day. People should be mindful of what they say to others.

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Sarai Mendoza, Staff Writer
Sarai Mendoza is a 15 year old sophomore at Hoover High School. She was born on November 21 and raised in San Diego California. Sarai grew up in a loving family with her mother and four siblings. Growing up she was always spoiled for being the youngest. As a child, her mother always encouraged her to value her education and take advantage of all the great opportunities. Not only that but to also become more independent as she grew up. Her biggest inspiration in life has to be her mom, who was born and raised in Mexico City. She came to the United States about 20 years ago in hope for a better life. Although she was a single mother, she worked hard to always give her five children a better life . No matter how bad things got, her mother always motivated her to be a better person. Sarai would do anything to continue to make her proud Her top three favorite places to eat have to be In-n-Out, Wingstop, and Olive Garden. She loves to write. Her favorite school subject is English. Don't ever ask her for help in math because she won’t understand a thing. Sarai is very shy at first but once you get to know her and help her step out her comfort zone, she becomes this funny and out-going person. As she grew up she realized she wanted to become a medical assistant. She hopes to get into a good college, and will continue to work hard to do so. She believes that if she continues to encourage others to continue to reach their goals and never give up on their dreams, it can make a huge difference on other people.