WASHINGTON—Social media present risks and benefits to children but parents who try to secretly monitor their kids’ activities online are wasting their time, according to a presentation at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
“While nobody can deny that Facebook has altered the landscape of social interaction, particularly among young people, we are just now starting to see solid psychological research demonstrating both the positives and the negatives,” said Larry D. Rosen, PhD, professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
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This is a list of major active social networking websites and excludes dating websites (see Comparison of online dating websites ). For defunct social networking websites, see List of defunct social networking websites.
This list is not exhaustive , and is limited to notable, well-known sites. The Alexa website rankings are from various time periods.
Social media are computer-mediated technologies that allow the creating and sharing of information , ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks. The variety of stand-alone and built-in social media services currently available introduces the challenges of defining. However, there are some common features. 
The variety and evolving stand-alone and built-in social media services introduces a challenge of definition.  The idea that social media are defined by their ability to bring people together has been seen as too broad a definition, as this would suggest that the telegraph and telephone were also social media – not the technologies scholars are intending to describe.  The terminology is unclear, with some referring to social media as social networks.