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Post THIS On Facebook: An NCSY Advisor opens up about how Social Media is transforming communication – and why


I am not one to fight a losing battle. Social media as a, if not the, primary mode of communication among youth is the reality. I do hope, however, hope to encourage a healthy and honest approach to social media. Forcing myself, and my NCSY teenagers, to question ‘why’—why I use social media to the exclusion of other modes of communication, why I represent myself this way online, why calling all of sudden seems like such an intimidating prospect—is the first step to gaining control of a system that can all-too easily begin controlling us.

About the Author: Hannah Dreyfus is a junior at Stern College for Women majoring in journalism. She currently works as managing editor of the YU Observer and an editorial intern for The Jewish Week. Her work has appeared on Aish.com, The Times of Israel website, and in The Jewish Press. She hopes to pursue a joint degree in journalism and law.


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