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social media good for young children

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Started: 2/27/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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The Internet is a web of information, and social media is no exemption. A report by Globe and Mail indicated that social media is actually making kids smarter. Aside from improved social skills, social media can also help improve cognitive abilities, like problem solving skills, comprehension, critical thinking, and memory. For example, they learn to critically discern which information is useful and which is not. In a related study, the e-Learning Foundation showed that children with Internet access at home get higher grade. In addition to helping school children with their research and assignments, the internet can also provide them with insights useful in their daily lives. When you log on to social media, you can find news events, helpful tips, the latest in music, movies, and sports, etc. Social media can help kids understand what's happening and what they need to know. Researchers from Iowa University found that pro-social video games, or games that require interaction via social platforms, can encourage better behavior and tolerance for others. The study revealed that kids tend to be more helpful after playing pro-social games. This is another reason why parents should allow their kids to use social media: children can become more compassionate and empathetic, and even feel like they have to protect their friends and share stuff with them. Pro-social video games can also reduce aggressive cognitions. Social media can help mitigate stress by providing an outlet through which children can express their disappointments, frustrations, and fears. It can also provide additional social support from a wide range of people. At the same time, social media can also be a means of distraction that can help children get over stressful experiences. Being part of a social network can make a child feel that he is part of something bigger than himself. The feeling of belonging to a network can help in building a child's self-belief and confidence, while also enhancing a child's sense of responsibility and connection to his "team". In a social network, kids can generate shared experiences with their friends and feel appreciated and loved. Social media is here to stay and yes, it can help. Allowing your kids to use social media comes with a list of pros and cons, but when parents commit themselves to providing guidance and watching over the child's online activities, social media can help in a child's development.


The one common bad effect of social media is addiction " the constant checking of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media updates. Experts believe that knowing what"s going on with friends and what they are thinking or feeling can be addicting. Researchers at UCLA"s Brain Mapping Center has found that being appreciated in social media through "likes" was seen in brain scans to activate the reward centers of the brain. This reward circuitry is particularly sensitive during adolescence, and this may partly explain why teenagers are more into social media.

For kids and teens, knowing how many people like what they posted, how many followed (or unfollowed) them, and knowing what people say about them also leads to compulsive checking. This addiction to social media could disrupt other worthwhile activities like concentrating on schoolwork, reading or engaging in sports. The heaviest social media users admit to checking their social media feeds more than 100 times a day, sometimes even during school.

Bad effects of social networking to kids and teens, according to psychologists or suggested by scientific studies, are as follows:

A 2015 U.K. Office for National Statistics finds that children who spend more than 3 hours each school day on social media sites are more than twice as likely to suffer poor mental health. Their immersion in a virtual world may cause these children to experience delay in their emotional and social development. According to the report, social media are potentially "a source of social comparison, cyber bullying and isolation", which could lead to mental health problems.
A report published by IZA Institute of Labor Economics even suggests that just one hour a day on social media can make a teen miserable. The study also theorized that this may be caused by issues of cyberbullying, an increase in social comparisons, and a decrease in real-life, face-to-face activities.
Another 2015 study by the British Psychological Society finds that teenagers being obligated to be responsive to social media (liking posts, answering texts and direct messages) throughout the day affect their mental health.
A University of Michigan study seem to indicate that in young adults, Facebook use leads to decline in subjective well-being. The more young adults use Facebook, the worse they feel moment-to-moment and the less they feel satisfied with their lives overall., "one of the largest organizations for young people and social change", lists several bad effects of social media, which includes sleep disorder, depression, addiction, 24/7 stress, isolation, insecurity, and fear of missing out (FOMO).
FOMO or the fear of missing out on something important (like their friends" jokes, parties, activities and other ways of having fun) leads to depression and anxiety in teen social media users, according to a survey done by the Australian Psychological Society. FOMO is one of the main reasons for teenagers" heavy use of social media.
Screen relationships detract from spending time in real life relationships and developing social skills. According to Patricia Greenfield, professor of psychology in the UCLA College, the implications of her research is that when people use digital media for social interaction, they"re spending less time developing social skills and learning to read nonverbal cues. "Social interaction is needed to develop skills in understanding the emotions of other people."
The results of a survey from the University of Glasgow shows that social media use particularly at night, with strong emotional involvement, led to poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem, and higher levels of anxiety. This can be a problem since teens with low self-esteem grow up as depressed adults, according to previous studies.
Social networks are fertile grounds for bad influencers and anonymous venoms and hunting grounds for deviants and other predators.
For kids who crave attention, Facebook and other social network becomes a venue for them to act out. These kids may make inappropriate statements, pictures and videos that could ultimately harm them. Also, posts and materials that are published online tend to be permanent and may haunt them in the future.
A study by Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University concludes that extended use of social networks like Facebook can result in a decrease in empathy among teens, and thus an increase in narcissism.
Young people who have a history of harming themselves or attempting suicide might be particularly vulnerable to negative messages posted online, new research shows. The new review, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, found that kids and young adults who have thoughts of self-harm or suicide actually spend more time on the Internet and are more often victims of cyberbullying than their peers who do not have such thoughts.
Some kids realize that spending a lot of time in social media results in wasted time, and this negatively affects their mood
Selfies, which became popular with the rise of camera phones, can trigger mental health conditions when a person becomes obsessed with looks. The Mirror, for example, recently featured a selfie addict who tried to kill himself when he couldn"t take a perfect photo. According to Pamela Rutledge in Psychology Today, "Preoccupation with selfies can be a visible indicator of a young person with a lack of confidence or sense of self that might make him or her a victim of other problems as well. Excessive and increasingly provocative selfie-ing is a form of "acting out," a common behavioral pattern to get attention."
Educators also note that for kids and teens in social networks, there are no spelling and grammar rules. In fact it is cool to misspell and not make sense. Less sophisticated children will find it hard to differentiate between social networking communication and real world communication. In fact many teachers are complaining that social networking communication with misspellings and lack of grammar are seeping through student"s school writings.
Social media habits are also blamed for lack of sleep and sleep problems in teenagers. Bright light emitted from smart phones and tablets are thought to disrupt sleep cycles. For young people sleep is important for learning, the development of the young brain, as well as for growing and staying healthy.
Baroness Susan Greenfield , a top neuroscientist of the Oxford University warns about the lifelong effects of too much social networking:

Facebook and other networking sites "are infantilizing the brain into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights, who have a short attention span and live for the moment". There is hardly any concentration skills required in participating in these social networking sites, and these train the brain to have poor attention span.
Kids are detracted from learning to communicate in the real world. There are reports from teachers that social networking is affecting kids" comprehension levels. Also, if kids communicate primarily through the screen they do not learn the subtleties of real life communication " such as body language, tone of voice, and subconsciously sensing the molecules that other people release.
Social networking sites make kids more self-centered. Since Facebook and other sites give kids their own page which is about them, it leads some vulnerable kids to think that everything revolves around them, a precursor for emotional problems in their later life. This might also result in inability to empathize.
These sites make kids prone to sensationalism.

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Debate Round No. 1


Social Media is a great way to have to use it appropriately though.


I cannot agree with you more in the sense that it must be used appropriately but I do not believe that the benefits of Social Media in any way shape or form can outweigh the negatives aspects and dangers it Poses to children. The internet is a terrible place, filled with terrible people, when you allow children to access social media you are allowing children to be let into the same world as pedophiles and child predators.
This is putting children in so much danger. Child pornography is already a major issue in today's society. As the topic of the debate implies, it will be YOUNG children that you propose will be using social media. Young children are not aware of the threats and risks of being online, they are the MOST vulnerable targets for these predators.

Without proper education - We may be putting our Children in an enormous amount of danger by letting them online.
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Nymeria4 1 year ago
A big assumption from people who are pro social media is that teens are able to use social media responsibly. Many students are at the age where they are learning proper social behaviors. These behaviors aren't as effectively taught using a mobile device. A USA Today report stated that suicide rate in teenage girls has risen 65% from 2010 to 2015 (Rossman, S. 2017). This finding was echoed in articles written by National Public Radio, Science Daily, Washington Times, And many other sources. The majority of these studies didn"t look at social media or cyberbullying specifically, But screen time in general. The cyberbullying that results from social media use is surely one of the major contributors for depression and suicide rate increase. Additionally, The Washington Post article suggested that increased screen time was resulting in a decrease in activities - such as sports/exercise, Reading printed media, Participation in religion, And personal interactions. All of these activities have been linked to positive mental health in teenagers.
Additionally, The point that social media is a wealth of knowledge is inaccurate. There is no filter for social media. Often opinions or falsities are reported as fact. Rumors run rampant. Even as an adult it is difficult to discern what is truth and what is a rumor being painted as fact. If we want to expose our children to the current issues, This can be accomplished through reading and discussion of credible new sources.
Social media is without a doubt a useful way to remain connected with those around us, But it should be used with extreme caution.
Posted by Hannah1147 2 years ago
I agree to some extent with the opposing side. I myself am a teen and actually have deleted all social media by choice. I believed it was bringing on a lot of stress and there was so much to worry about. It was a distraction and it was wasting valuable time. I decided to take a month off (halfway there!) and part of me is struggling a little, as I have practically nothing to do on my phone, and I've wasted so much time sending snaps or posting on insta and I still haven't adjusted to the "extra time." I've been focused more in school it seems. Anyways, I believe social media is good for the most part, but most people my age become distracted and make it too big of a daily activity that their day orbits around posting things or scrolling through feed. So yes, social media can be good for young people, especially with the common desire of attention and need for connection with peers. But it is also good to have a limit. Using social media too much can lead students into depression or anxiety, and in my situation, just stress him/her out. I know so many people who say they can't survive without social media, and even some who get very upset when their phone is "dry" (having no snaps or dms or likes on posts etc.) Anyways. There's my point of view. Not that anyone will probably read this.
Posted by TheLogicGeneration 2 years ago
well...your right. but using it wont harm you unless your give out real information. finally, if someone gets into an car accident, it would be their problem because why were they on it on the first place? social media is a way to communicate..not a way to do other things that peopel do on it (pictures of them, picture and videos of them doing something). did u know that snapchat is a way of commmunication and taking pictures...but us children changed it TOO much... :) thx
Posted by Nd2400 2 years ago
I think you are giving way too much credit to social media. It can cause death too. Like driving into a deadly accident, while on your facebook or whatever site. It can also cause suicide among teens, and it can cause misinformation. So it not all good.
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