However, it is also important for parents to keep themselves aware of some of the negative effects of these sites, and how to protect their children.

Here, we are listing the top 10 insidious effects that social media may have on children.

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In the last few years, we have seen an explosion of socal media and networkings sites like Facebook, Twitter and My Space etc.

Especially, the children cherish this new and high-tech way of remaining connected with friends and meeting new people.

One of the often cited dangers of social media is cyber bullying.

It occurs when a person uses sites like Facebook to adopt a threatening behavior towards someone during a discussion or sends threatening messages.

Children and adolescents who are involved in bullying (either as an aggressor, as a victim, or both) put themselves at risk for a number of emotional and behavioural problems, now and in the future, and require support to learn how to develop healthy relationships.

Read summaries of PREVNet's comprehensive research on bullying and our understanding of it as a relationship problem.

Bullying is a major health issue and the side-effects are immediate and long-lasting.

In the most tragic of cases, bullying has had fatal consequences.

This problem can be more serious for the girls and the children belonging to the minorities and communities that are discriminated against.

In online interactions, people with unknown identities may easily indulge in the hate speech or disrespectful behaviour.

While during a face to face interaction an individual may think twice before passing any such remark.