Pros and Cons to Children and Social Media

One like and comment click after another, social media’s popularity continues to grow. It has become a part of almost everyone’s household around the globe. More recognizable pros and cons of social media amongst children are beginning to develop.

Facebook has transformed the scenery of social communication, acutely within our youth. Studies and research within young people indicate that a few trends are beginning to form. On a positive note, studies have shown that whenever the youth of today feels overwhelmed, social media can supply the essentials necessary to occupy and captivate their minds. Social media has also been proven to help our youth better interact with their peers. It appears that young people who use social media also display more virtual compassion.

In some ways social media is an empty drawing board for young people today. A place where they can write on a wall, then witness the comments being placed upon their empty drawing board. It aids the self-growth and developing process. It gives the kids an opportunity to convey compassion and witness the reactions from it. They gain a better sense of self.

On the negative side of things, studies and research has shown that young people ranging from middle school to college, who spend just a few minutes a day on Facebook have experienced lower grades than those who do not. Given that social media pages are sculpted off of one person. It has also been proven that the youth today using social media tend to be more self-absorbed. Research indicates that social media can damagingly effect the health of children and teens who spend a lengthy period behind the screen. Those suffering from psychological illnesses are at a higher risk of suffering from anxiety and depression.  

Children and teens who stare at the screen for a long period of time, tend not to give too much thought as to who is behind the screen. For they think they are safe because the screen is separating the two of them. The reality of it is, there is a real person on the other side of that screen and the words being exchanged can be damaging, with life altering consequences.

It is our job as parents to trust our children. Provide them with the proper knowledge and guidance, while trusting them to make the right decisions. Monitoring your child’s social media conduct is not going to cause them to behave any differently. Kids enjoy their social time and by monitoring their social interactions, you will lose their trust and they will and can find a way to get around your monitoring devices. Kids will always find a way around their parents control, but it is our obligation as parents to explicitly discuss what is appropriate behavior both on and offline. Establishing trust by discussing social media with them. Educate them about the dangers, then trust that your child will come to you if they are faced with a difficult issue. It is okay to be aware of the websites and trends your child may be dealing with or surrounded by, but communication and trust are the key factors in your child’s social media conduct.

Setting an example of proper social media behavior is probably the best parenting skill you can utilize. It is apparent that technology isn’t going anywhere. It will be around for a very long time, but a social media affiliation that connects the world is something we can motivate early on in life.