10 Negative Effects Of Social Media On Children And Teenagers

10 Negative Effects Of Social Media On Children And Teenagers-


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In the last few years, we have seen an explosion of socal media and networkings sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace etc. Especially, the children cherish this new and high-tech way of remaining connected with friends and meeting new people. However, it is also important for parents to keep themselves aware of some of the negative effects of these sites, and how to protect their children. Here, we are listing the top 10 insidious effects that social media may have on children. Some of this information is taken from a recent study conducted by reseachers at University of Rome. They conducted a survey of 50,000 people to know about the effects of social media on their lives. It is apparent from the results that overall the social media has a negative effect on the social well-being of an individual.

1. Hate Speech

The kids using Facebook or other social media sites are at a greater risk of suffering from the hate speech. This problem can be more serious for the girls and the children belonging to the minorities and communities that are discriminated against. In online interactions, people with unknown identities may easily indulge in the hate speech or disrespectful behaviour. While during a face to face interaction an individual may think twice before passing any such remark.

2. Social Distrust

As mentioned that unknown online users may indulge in aggressive or offensive behavior. Kids may think if such aggression or offensive is committed in real life situation. This may result in social distrust towards the unknown others.

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3. Cyber Bullying

One of the often cited dangers of social media is cyber bullying. It occurs when a person uses sites like Facebook to adopt a threatening behavior towards someone during a discussion or sends threatening messages.

4. Identity theft

One of the big problems with social media sites is that the children often do not fully read or understand the privacy settings of their accounts. They are unaware of the risks of disclosing unnecessary personal information. According to a recent survey, 20% of the youth think it to be perfectly safe to post their personal information and photos online. Such kids may easily become victim of the identity theft.

5. Cyber-stalking:

Stalking is defined as the obsessive monitoring or attention towards the victim that may harass him or her. Cyber-stalking can be done in many different ways using social media. Sometimes, an ex-boyfriend or spouse may get angry at the breakup of a relation and use social media to pursue the victim. In another case, a relationship that was developed online gets sour and the personal information shared can be used by the stalker. Or, someone may also fall victim to a random cyber stalking attack.

6. Explicit Or Violent Imagery

Spending a lot of time on the social media sites like facebook can be dangerous, as often as a result of political events around the world, explicit and violent imagery get shown on the discussion threads. Often it is very difficult to moderate such content due to its viral nature. This may have a negative effect on the minds of the children, leading them to have a sadistic and defeatist view of the world.

7. Sharing too much

Everyone of us has its own set of beliefs and ideas that we try to live upto. In our daily life we have an interaction with limited circle of friends. However, sharing such ideas over websites like Facebook may result in dissemination of this information with people that we would not want normal life. This may even prove fatal for our relationship with those people.

8. Online grooming

One of the most distressing aspects of the social media is the growing evidence that paedophiles may use fake accounts on the social media to make friendships with young children and teenagers. They pretend to be of the same age to win children’s confidence. They can then gain vital personal information like their schools and the places where they hang out. They can then use that information to bully and make sexual contact with their victims or exposing them to explicit imagery or content.

9. Emotional Implications:

Psychological experts warn that social media sites can have emotional implications for kids who are already suffering from low self-esteem or confidence. Such children may judge their success by the number of friends they have on the facebook or if they are included in a specific group of people. This may lead to further diminshing of their confidence.

10. Lack Of Interpersonal Skills:

Children spending too much time online may consider a virtual relation substitute for a real one. By spending more time online they often ignore the importance and the appropriate behaviour related to face-to-face contact. Hence, the set of interpersonal skills that are necessary for the success in the real life may not develop properly.

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  • Eva
    Apr 6, 2016, 12:46 am

    This helped me see the harm of Social Networking. Thank you!!!!!

  • Jessica Tuxhorn
    May 23, 2016, 8:50 pm

    Jessica Tuxhorn
    English 10 Period 5
    Ms.Martin
    5/10/2016
    Social Media and Language
    There are many people that would agree that social media has enhanced more than hindered the communication of children and adolescents of this generation. Social media has a very large impact on our day to day lives. There are many people in society that cannot function without the constant connection to social media. Using social media websites is among the most common activities to pass the time of today’s children and adolescents (Pediatrics.org). In my experience social media is enhancing our development in communication skills in our day to day live all around the world.
    In our day to day lives our communication is always being advanced we are learning new ways to communicate, such as sign language, texting and snapchatting. Within these new advances to communication children and adolescents are learning to become more independent so they dont have to rely on their parents to help them with everything. As said on itvis.com “studies have showen that we polosh our communication skills when we chat online using various socil media sites”(itviZ multimedia) withen the face to face c omunication envorerment we have the chose on who we simulate a conversation with very easlily. If someone were to be shy they can overcome this by communication online until they feel that they are confident about themselves to engage is a real face to face conversation with a new person. We have found new ways to communicate even if it’s just not face to face we have instant messaging,facebook, and snapchat we are still improving our social skill it’s just not face to face. We have developed a new technological era that has modernized the way we communicate with our generation .
    Many people believe that the children and adolescents of this generation are being hindered more then enhanced by social media. If you are to look at there reasoning for this they do have very decent points and facts on why they have the right to believe this. The professionals are showing that children and adolescents that are on social media have more drama and emotional problems. They never have down time. Someone might also hold the view point that social media is hindering our ability to learn, both in and out of the classroom. The learning environments affected include class participation, homework completion, on the job, or community activities. Some people may believe that because we aren’t practicing our everyday direct communication skills that we are losing out on the ability to communicate in-person. However, communication comes in many forms and as long as you are continuing to practice it your conditioning to master it. Teenagers breed drama, regardless of the circumstances or platform they are communicating within. Learning and social media are both so involved in our day to day lives that they no longer can be separated and defined as two different things. therefore , learning environments will have to co exist with social media. As i will say again as long as you are practicing the everyday communication indirectly or directly then you are continuing to master communication without a doubt because social media is a new form of communication for this new technological era .
    We as a new generation are learning to create new and improved way to communicate in our day to day lives around society in a new technological era. Social media has impacted our generation in big way and has made it easy to stay connected to the outside world.

  • dixie
    May 24, 2016, 9:01 pm

    this article was interesting, but the facts were weak.

  • jennifer
    May 31, 2016, 3:34 pm

    I love this article it made me see that social media has done more harm than good

  • a* face
    May 31, 2016, 8:37 pm

    thi site is f*** s***

  • Akoto
    Aug 12, 2016, 12:24 am

    Good presentation but unconvincing explanations. Presentations this must be highly influencial and persuasive so that no one can ignore it. Social media is causing more harm today than the developers ever imagined. 1. It has become the major platform for you groups, political, and quasi-political tintanks to meet, plan and start social unrests. 2. Social media has also become a very attractive open market for the recruitment and training of of the youth in Terrorism. All the known and unknown terrorist groups are constantly online convincing and winning netizens globally in a disguised way to join them carry out their aim. The youth are lured with huge sums of money which then make their joining irresistible. Through social media, all terrorist groups are in contact with one another, and have membership in almost every country. 3. It has become the single most largest means of defrauding people globally. Almost everyone on social media has been a victim of one form of fraud or another. In fact, the social media is full of scam. People are tapping into others private data to impersonate them, monitor them, defraud them, threaten them, and even kidnap them. 4. The media has become the greatest source of trash and falsehood. Many things are said about people on social media which are very far from the truth. But since bad news sell, many people fall victims to these victimizations and impish vilifications of these evil unknown faces and identities on these social media. It has become a threat to believe in what one reads or watch on social media. People say and post things that may have absolute negative impact on the younger generation in all walks of their lives. 6. The social media has also impacted our family systems negatively than positively. Today, many people are more addicted to the social media than to their families. Many spouses spend more time on the social media with their virtual friends, instead of having time and getting addicted to their spouse or partner. Children are even more addicted to the social media so much that they are even do not see the sense in having a real physical family. The social media has become their family, their counselor, and.their everything. All sorts of behavior are picked from these media, and has become very detrimental to the very fabric of our culture and family life. 7. Social media is the number one stealer of time. Because of social media, most students do not get adequate time for studies. This is because they have so many messages to attend to on social media. Instead of attending to their books and projects, they rather unconsciously spend most of their study time attending to the incoming messages of their friends and other groups from the social media. Others spend time watching movies online, listening to online radios, and watching TVs online. All these are time consuming, hence, raken students’ mind off their books. 8. Social media has been and it’s still the greatest crusader of the fatal global moral degradation of our generation. Through social media, many teenagers have been exposed to different forms of sexual impunity. Pornographic materials are the single most dominant things on social media today. All forms of.sexual.tapes can be.found and accessed on the social media free of charge. Research conducted in Ghana by myself (AKOTO PROSPER DYON) among 311 teenagers showed that about 91% of all teenagers on social media have been exposed to more than one form of sexual activity. Most of them were exposed to masturbation and casual sex. Others were exposed to multiple sexual partners, Lesbianism, sacking of penis, eating of sperms, blind-dating, etc. Some of the interviewers clamed they have dressed in those nude dressings they see on the social media; yet, few of them said they have become addicted to such nude dressings so much much that they don’t think they can change from that. 9. Abusive language and wrong imitation of people’s character and culture. Intemperate and demeaning languages used on these social platforms have crippled the very dignity and respect the younger generation have for adults. Filthy language has become the order of the day of our youth. Most of these social media users think that the language and character portraits people show on these platforms are the currently approved social norms to show civilized one is, hence the their deliberate attempt to imitate such behaviors without a second thought. Today, through social media, our youth are living all kinds of socially unapproved lifestyles which has become a deadly poison to our society.

  • Ella
    Aug 28, 2016, 8:42 am

    OMG Had know idea that this was true. Thank you so much for the info 😊

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