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Is social media good for kids?

Kids on social media
Kids on social media Image source : playgroundprofessionals.com

Children and teens use social media to have fun, form and retain connections, share interests, explore identities, and improve family relationships. It’s a continuation of their offline and in-person conversations. It’s frequently a crucial component of how older teens engage with their peers.

Using social media can provide a child with a variety of other advantages:

Exploring and experimenting on social media platforms can help your child develop the information and skills needed to enjoy online activities while avoiding online dangers. The children can utilize social media to exchange educational content.

Howbeit, the negative impact of social media on kids cannot be easily ignore. The different ways by which social media can harm children are as follows :

  • exposure to inappropriate or upsetting content, like mean, aggressive, violent or sexual comments or images
  • uploading inappropriate content, like embarrassing or provocative photos or videos of themselves or others
  • sharing personal information with strangers – like phone numbers, date of birth or location
  • cyberbullying
  • exposure to too much targeted advertising and marketing
  • data breaches

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