What Parents Need to Know About Their Kids Using Social Media

So it is the age of internet and social media is a part of our daily lives. Social media channels are being used not only by adults but kids as well, though under supervision of their parents. Some of the questions to be addressed are how social media affects the emotional development of a child or how social media affects children in any kind and way.

28 December 2021 ・ Author: Speaker Agency

So it is the age of internet and social media is a part of our daily lives. Social media channels are being used not only by adults but kids as well, though under supervision of their parents. Some of the questions to be addressed are how social media affects the emotional development of a child or how social media affects children in any kind and way.

How Children are affected by Being Active on Social Media

Although children get access to social media channels for educational or beneficial purposes, it can still pose risks for them. Internet security cannot be maintained by putting a set of rules in place and overall bans. Neither the strict measures nor the “let them explore” attitude seems to be the answer here.

Almost all of us adults have access to applications such as Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Tiktok where there is useful content as well as the fact that one can come across harmful content easily. Kids use these applications and the fact that the time spent staring at a screen is getting longer and longer is worrying. Not only for eye sight but for behavioural and psychological reasons.

The Risk of Cyber-Bullying

Research shows most kids today are being victims of cyber-bullying. People tend to bully others online more when compared with actual life experiences. They tend to feel less responsible for what they have done and keep doing what they are doing as they do not get the response they would have received in real life. If one spends more time in front of the screen, one is more likely to be subject to online abuse. “One” being a child here.

Kids experiencing cybel-bullying sometimes cannot tell or ask for help which is another worrisome issue. Bullied kids may be aggressive if they do not tell adults what is going on.

Adverse Effects on One’s Psyche

It’s possible kids pick role models from virtual lives online which is a dangerous combination especially if they pick a bad one. It’s the parent’s job to make sure children understand the difference between real and virtual worlds. It’s worrying to see some kids aspiring for unreal life styles, unreal happiness that supposedly can be reached by having riches and extreme luxury items.

Abuse of social media channels bring the risk of emotional distress and depression. Eating and sleep disorders and attention deficit disorder are a few of the problems that can be experienced due to social media abuse. Traumatic stress is reported when children are exposed to violent or explicit content. Monitoring your child’s activities on social media is crucial as it has direct impact on the emotional state and behavioural patterns of your loved one.

Parents, what should they be doing?

The interaction between the parents and the child is the ultimate ground for the child’s adult life. There are many parenting styles which determine your role as a parent. Authoritarian approach dictates strict rules and regulations –for internet activity for instance-  along with severe punishment. This might not be the protective way perse. Libertarian approach also can pose risks because parents can be negligent while trying to be liberal.

Positive parenting is a style where the child is explained what is asked of him within a loving, caring and respectful environment. It’s possible to be better parents and raise better people simply by acting like the loving and caring parent you are and by being respectfully, sincerely real. If you’re wondering about positive parenting more and would like to get some real insight, please contact Speaker Agency to introduce you to the right speakers. At Speaker Agency, Linda Liukas has the insight to share as well as her experiences. Please contact Speaker Agency to seek for the guidance you need.

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