Websites that provide 'an outlet for emotional teens'

23 December 2008 — 1:57 PM

Mobile-accessible websites including Facebook and MySpace have been singled out for praise this week by a spokeswoman for a UK charity.

According to Sarah Brennan of YoungMinds, an organisation which supports issues relating to mental and emotional issues in teens and young people, social networking websites provide an outlet for troubled teens.

Those considering recycling old mobile phones in order to upgrade to a newer model could be encouraged by her words as some networks now offer free access to such sites.

Ms Brennan, chief executive of the charitable group, added there were things that teenagers could use such websites for that could aid them in their daily lives.

"Social networking sites are very popular with children and young people. They allow young people to express their identity and opinions through video, photos, music and chat," she added.

However, she also warned some risks existed from cyber bullies and people looking to misuse the personal information provided on some people's profiles.

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