The Effect of Social Media on Children and Adolescents

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The Effect of Social Media on Children and Adolescents In today’s society, much advancement has been made throughout the universe. However, one that seems to stand out in particular is the use of social media. Social media has both positive and negative effects on society. This advancement has led to a difference in communication to everyone by reconnecting with others, or even informing the public nationwide through televisions such as the news or talk shows. However, is social media safe to use? Social media has a great impact on everyone in society. While allowing your children or teenagers to engage in social media a few things to consider are the risks of youth using social media, what age is too young, and also how social media is useful in some cases. Children participate in cyber bullying now and even find themselves involved in bad habits, such as sexting (Schurgin O’Keefe). According to a recent poll conducted, over 22 percent of teenagers log onto their social media site more than ten times a day (Schurgin O’Keefe). Not everything is negative towards social media, but there are precautions that need to be taken when there is the youth involved. The cons of social media can be very risky, especially when the youth of this society is partaking in it. Children and adolescents are now known for inappropriate content on social media sites or just simply not understanding the concepts of privacy. A nationwide issue that has been addressed is the action of cyberbullying. This action often leads to harmful circumstances such as suicide attempts, with some being successful. In just one state in the U.S., 1,491 high school students that were the “cyber bullies” were related to suicide attempts and about 4,693 students were rel... ... middle of paper ... ...r. (2013). The Brief History of Social Media. Retrieved from http://www.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/NewMedia/SocialMedia/SocialMediaHistory.html Hrastinksi, S., & Aghaee, N. M. (2012). How are campus students using social media to support their studies? an explorative interview study. Education and Information Technologies, 17(4), 451-464. doi: 10.1007/s10639-011-9169-5 Katzman, D. (2010). Sexting: Keeping teens safe and responsible in a technologically savvy world. Pediatrics and Child Health, 15(1), 41-42. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2827324/ Schurgin O'Keefe, MD, G., & Clarke-Pearson, MD, K. (2011). The impact of social media on children, adolescents, and families. (4 ed., Vol. 127, pp. 800-804). Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/4/800.full
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