The article I read was talking about how social media effects kids. For the most part this article had many positive effects on children. Some examples they gave were that it gave children a chance to interact with each other over the internet since their lives are so busy and they often don’t have time to actually hangout with their friends. Another positive thing was the fact that children who have rare diseases are able to meet other children their age around the world who have the same disease. They can then compare and talk to those kids and they can better understand what each of them are going through since their other friends who do not have the disease might not be able to relate to them.
Some negative things the article pointed out was the fact that cyber bullying is very high online. It is very important for parents to keep an eye out for any kind of bullying. Parents were also encouraged to teach their children how to use the different social media sites and to make sure they were of age. Many kids will lie about their age in order to get onto sites such as Facebook. Parents are supposed to teach their children not to do this because it will make them think it is okay to lie.
I think that overall social media is going to be playing a much bigger role in younger children and teenagers lives. It already is very popular and only growing. It is a way for kids to interact and talk to each other as well as keep in touch with relatives or other friends who live far away. I do think it is important to keep an eye out for cyber bullying as well as making sure your younger kids are not going onto sites that they are not old enough for yet.
This just seems like the way of the future. It might have an effect on social skills with the younger generations but that is where it is important for parents to play a big role in verbally communicating with their kids.
What is everyone’s thoughts on whether or not social media will effect kids positively or negatively?