The long-term effects of social media has yet to be known, but experts have assembled some pros/cons the social media has posed to adolescents.
Social media has positive aspects:
- it can help people connect with others far away (virtual relationships);
- can act as a social support network;
- allows people to access communication and entertainment;
- it can also help adolescents connect in homework groups;
- it is also an avenue that can be used to help people interact and learn.
But, there are negative aspects as well:
- Can impact adolescents body image by seeing all the ‘perfect’ photos that people post of themselves;
- it can affect the mental health of teens, studies show the level of contentment goes down and levels of depression goes up;
- opens up the possibility of cyberbullying, which could lead to depression and anxiety;
- and it opens the children up to possibility of being victimized on-line by social predators.
Everday nine people die due to distracted driving.
Most kids are just a click away from free, hardcore porn. Culture Reframed deems porn “the public health crisis of the digital age.”
|Suggested Readings from Culture Reframed|
|Fight the New Drug
Fight the New Drug is a website that educates on pornography’s harmful effects on individuals, relationships and society.
|Office of the eSafety Commissioner-Staying Safe
Helping kids too tay safe online ohs something many parents are concerned about. Knowing about the basics of the online world can help parens be ahead of the game.
|What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn, The New York Times Magazine|
|Child Mind Institute
How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers
|New York Times
The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers
|The American Academy of Pediatrics
The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families
|Mental Health Foundation
Social Media and young people’s mental health
|Common sense media
Parenting in the digital age
|TIME American Girls, How Social Media is Disrupting the Lives of Teenagers|
|How Girls Are Seeking (and Subverting) Approval Online|
|American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Life of Teenagers
by Nancy Jo Sales
|Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age
by Richard Freed
|Disconnected: How to Reconnect our Digitally Distracted Kids
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|Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids..And How to Break The Trance
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|iGen: Why Today’s Super Connected Kids Are Grown Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood
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|The Boogeyman Exists and He’s In Your Child’s Back Pocket
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|Growing up Social: raising relational kids in a screen-driven world
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