Impact of Social Media on Kids Below Thirteen
Kids below 13
Impact of social mediaAlmost everybody we know has his or her social media account. Whether it be in Facebook, in Twitter, in Tumblr or maybe in all. Social media has become more accessible to us, as mobile phones have become more advanced in technology and other gadgets like tablets have become more widely used. It has also become a phenomenon even to the younger generations, even the ones who are not yet in their teens. I know many children who own multiple social media accounts and who are very active in the online world.
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These negative impacts can be seen in various aspects.
· Physical Aspect
First would be physically. Kids tend to spend too much time in front of the computer or using their phones, usually amounting to hours that they neglect their bodies’ physical activeness. The time that should have been used for engaging in physical activities such as sports and exercises has become an idle time to sit in a chair or lie on the bed for hours while sending instant messages to their friends or just browsing through other people’s profiles. The physical inactivity may cause health problems for kids especially to those who grew up when social media is already at large.
· Social Aspect
Their games are limited to the downloadable games in the internet wherein their playmates can be miles away from them and their communication is limited to instant messages or profile statuses in order to be updated in each other lives. This is where the second aspect comes into the light: the social aspect.
Though the purpose of social media is to broaden communication for people who are far away from each other and to maintain contact despite the distance, it seems that too much of it has limited the social capability of children. They tend to prefer talking to their friends through messaging rather than face-to-face contact. In addition, through social media, they may suffer from cyber bullying from anonymous people who may affect them psychologically and behaviourally.
· Mental Aspect
Another aspect to look at is their mental capabilities. Studies have revealed that too much exposure to social media has lowered the academic performance of children. Some kids were also found to be less receptive to new things and are slower in reading and processing things. Studies have also revealed that kids who are more active in the social media undergo behavior or attitude changes. Some kids tend to present behaviors that are more aggressive and have more angry feelings. They are also considered to be less empathetic towards other people and have fewer helping behaviors.
It is important to consider these impacts before children are allowed to be involved in social media. Though it may seem inevitable for them to be involved, parents or adults can impose regulations in their usage. Parents may impose a time limit on internet usage and can also approve the creation of a social media account provided that they can monitor what their children read and see. This is very important as children still have poor skills of judgement and wrong exposure can affect their personality and character as they grow up.