Social media should be banned for children under the age of 14.
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- brain development is slowed down because of overusing.
- it can cause mental illnesses, like a depression.
- it can cause aggression. The children might see something on the Internet about another person that they don't agree on. Instead of saying this face to face they get angry.
- it can cause obesity because the time children used to play outside is now spent on social media.
- it can cause addictions. Nowadays there are many clinics with Internet-addicted children. The children in those clinics just don't know how to stop anymore.
I do not believe that social media should be banned for children under the age of fourteen. In most sites (Facebook, Tumblr etc.) you must be thirteen to have an account anyway, but I'm going to assume that you mean all social networking sites, including ones made for children.
"Brain development is slowed down because of overusing."
False. As long as you are not using social networks before the age of 9, your brain will be fine. for 10,11,12 and 13 year olds, brain development is mostly finished, and they are entering puberty. For girls especially, social media can help calm them down and keep them interested when they are feeling moody or having period pains.
"It can cause mental illnesses, like a depression"
They would only get depression if the only thing they do all day is go on the internet. Other mental illnesses are not caused by the internet at all. Most people use social networking (particularly Facebook) to sort out meet-ups with their friends.
"It can cause aggression. The children might see something on the internet about another person that they don't agree on. Instead of saying this face to face they get angry."
If children see something annoying on the internet, it usually isn't something that would genuinely ANGER them, and even if it did, I seriously doubt that they would get aggression problems over it. They get angry, send a message to that person and it's all over.
"It can cause obesity because the time children used to play outside is now spent on social media."
Again, you are only assuming this because you think that they sit on the computer all day. Most children under 14 do spend their time outside, and then they check their social networks with their phone every once and a while.
"It can cause addictions. Nowadays there are many clinics with Internet-addicted children. The children in those clinics just don't know how to stop anymore."
Being on the internet a lot is not an addiction, and you certainly wouldn't go to a clinic over it. The easy way to deal with an "Internet-addicted child" is to get the parent to make them join a club or threaten to take away the computer altogether if they don't spend some time off it. Problem solved.
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Reasons for voting decision: Adequate grammar on both sides, no sources on either. Pro failed to uphold her commitment to this topic by forfeiting rounds (conduct to Con). Con's sufficient rebuttal went unanswered by Pro, obvious points to him. Also, taking the opportunity to acknowledge the irony of a 14 year old arguing that anyone younger should not use social media. Hmm...I wonder where that golden number comes from.
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