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|
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|Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age|
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|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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