Social Media is more prevalent than ever before. Children are more immersed in it as a way of life, and a sign of social class. ‘The more likes I get on my post, the more popular I am.’ This can turn into a big problem for generations to come if we don’t teach youth the importance of a personal connection, social dignity and a life beyond a facebook profile.
Here are some stats to think about when thinking about how social media is influencing the youth:
- The minimum age for facebook is 13 yet 5 million users under the age of 10 have facebook. Generally kids can’t truly begin to comprehend and understand online media until the age of 8. They’re being influenced before they’re even able to form a proper opinion.
- The average teen spends 5 hours per day online. Over the course of a month they’re spending 6.25 DAYS on social media. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OUTDOORS. Parents apparently think their teen spends closer to 3 hours or less on social – boy are they wrong!!
- Children are becoming meaner. It’s easy to hide behind a facebook profile and say what you want as opposed to in person. We are choosing WHO to bully based on social profiles and now bullying via online content. This is a very sad reality. 93% of children have at the very least witnessed cruel behaviour over social media.
These are just a few facts. Nevertheless, these should be enough to want to learn more about the problem and do something about it. We cannot let youth grow up thinking their self worth is directly tied to their social media status. The world has so many other things to offer. The older generations need to fight to keep these alive.