Life for kids today is sure different than when most parents of today were growing up. In a survey of girls ages 6-12, it was found that kids who save money are saving up for tech that they can use to interact. Almost 48 percent said they have a phone—and 51 percent of those have a smartphone! Of teens ages 12-17, 95 percent use the Internet and 81 percent use social media, compared to 72 of all Internet users who use social media. YouTube and Instagram are among the most popular of these social sites.
It’s true that social media sites enable teens and tweens to stay in touch with friends and family, make new friends, share photos and videos, exchange ideas and find opportunities for community engagement. There is potential harm, however, including increased narcissism and the threat of cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is the most common online risk for teens and tweens—and it can lead to depression, anxiety, severe isolation and even suicide.
Allow your children to enjoy the benefits of social media sites but avoid potential harm by checking privacy settings, using software, telling them what to avoid and keeping the computer in a central location. Do you currently monitor your kid’s social media use? Please share in the comments, and be sure to check out the infographic below to learn more.
Infographic by FashionPlaytes