The existence of social media as a result of information and communication technology revolution, have positive and negative impacts to watch. Vice President, at the opening ceremony of the International Islamic Media Conference, said that the positive side of this social media presence among them to help strengthen civil society.
Social media also allows all people to freedom of expression, speech, including direct and openly criticize the government. "Social media can yield great benefits for society. This is the experience in this country (Indonesia). The practice of democracy in Indonesia has been enriched by the development of social networking media". As is known, Indonesia is one of the biggest users of social media like Facebook and Twitter.
Through social media, the public can actively participate in efforts to combat corruption, reform the bureaucracy, encourage law enforcement, maintaining the democratic process and elections, and ensuring good governance, said the vice president. The existence of this social media to bring Indonesia on open government.
However, the Vice President underlined that social media also brings harm, especially for adolescents and children. Vice President said, there are three potential bad of social media that threatens the young generation.
1. Extremist views and radicalism that leads to destructive behaviors such as suicide bombings and acts of violence in the name of religion.
2. Drug abuse
3. And the last one is porn and free sex.
"The potential threat can be easily accessed through social networking media, in large numbers every hour, every day, and affecting our children," said Vice President in the event of the conference which followed 400 participants from about 24 countries. For that, said the vice president, is very important for parents and teachers, as well as religious leaders to always accompany young people in the use of social media. Hmm … turns out in addition to many benefits from the positive side there are also negative impacts on the negative side!