How Can Social Media Affect Teens?

According to a survey by PewResearch in September 2012, 95% of teens, aged 12-17 are connected to the social network in the United States.

Whether or not you are related to social networks such as twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, etc.,  you have to acknowledge the fact that interacting with friends in the social network is a fact of life for your children. So, what are the risks? What are the benefits? It is your responsibility as a parent or concerned party to find out?

According to Caroline Knorr, a parenting editor, social connections have become an integral part in the social life of today’s children. In one way or the other, we have to accept that social media is an evolution and has become a part of the life. So, rather than getting confused, disappointed or angry that your child is engrossed in Facebook, it helps to know that there is very little that you can do to stop it.

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Social media obviously improves social interaction with peers despite the distance: sharing jokes, checking on each other, learning new things and making new friends, among other things. In fact, all these things can be done without the risk of your child leaving home. Connecting with others is no longer an option. There is some kind of engrained genetic programming of our brains that give us the feeling that connecting with others is not an option.

One reason that social media should be restricted to teens has to do with negative exposure. Social media is the source of all forms of negative influences, including sexual solicitation (including minors) and displaying false information. Teens can easily get carried away with hyped information and make them live in fantasy while neglecting their responsibilities such as studies, household chores, family attention and so on.

How do you feel about the influence social media has on children?

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5 Responses

  1. Ankita says:

    It has advantages as well as disadvantages too

  2. N_V_G says:

    As we know coin have two side, each aspect comes with positive and negative side as well. Now back to social media though sometimes it creates hype of small story also but we should thankful to media for giving information and keep updating to all of us every time. So in short i would say we should look it in positive way.

  3. N_V_G says:

    social media is an evolution and has become a part of the life. that’s why children used it but for teen users its affects.
    when they used it for bad things and wasting the time in chating with friends . these all thinks affects the teen users.

  4. arun says:

    teen child between 12-17 should be avoided to use social media site

  5. xyz says:

    usefull as well as not usefull

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