As parents, you have the decision to either keep your child in the dark and leave them ill-equipped to deal with issues or help them learn about the pros and cons of having a social media account and have open arms to help and support them if they ever encounter an issue.
It's the same with riding a bike, you can end up hurt in the process but you can also learn to ride it properly. As parents, we need to keep the lines of communication open so that your child will be able to come to you.
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It's dangerous to intervene with social media regulation policies both as policymakers and parents if you don't have the evidence to support your claims.
Even though your intervention is done out of goodwill, you might end up taking away someone's lifeline or their human right to play.
Studying social media and its effects on people is extremely difficult to achieve because social media companies don't really share data with researchers. However, what we can tell you is that the science behind social media is broken and we should be open to the possibility of its effects may they be positive or negative.
For all, we know it could be just like the time studies proved that violent video games don't really cause real-world aggression.
Face-to-face bullying is a bigger issue for young people than cyber bullying but the latter is an issue that sucks the air out of the room when brought up.
We don't really get a full picture of what's happening on social media if we choose to decide to study cyberbullying in 2021 because of the walls placed by social media companies for their data.
By some estimates, roughly 4 billion people across the world use networking websites as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, prompting mental health experts to investigate if enormous popularity of social media plays a role in depression.
Research suggests that people who limit their time on social media tend to be happier than those who don’t. Studies also indicate that social media may trigger an array of negative emotions in users that contribute to or worsen their depression symptoms.
Since it’s a relatively new technology, there’s little research to establish the long-term consequences, good or bad, of social media use. However, multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm , and even suicidal thoughts .
In recent years there has been a significant increase in social media use.
Because social media use is still relatively new, there are no long-term studies documenting the effects of social media, but several recent studies indicate that social media impacts mental health in a number of ways.
Consequently, the increasing reliance on and use of social media puts a large number of people around the world at an increased risk for feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, envious, and even ill over social media use.
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