Kids and Social Media

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Kids and Social Media

It’s crazy nowadays how much access kids have to the internet. When I was younger, I wasn’t allowed to get a Facebook until I was 15, and now my cousins have Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, and countless others at the age of 10. Of course, these platforms weren’t as popular or didn’t exist when I was their age, but it is such an integral part of how they interact with their friends that it almost seems like these sites are necessary for them.

 

If kids do choose to engage on social media at a younger age, I believe there are several things both they and their parents should monitor. The first is the amount of time kids spend on social media (or even looking at screens). In a recent study, it was discovered that Generation Z spends around 10 hours of their day looking at screens. When I was their age, I was playing outside with friends, while now, they engage with friends online. Parents should definitely try setting limits for screen time and encourage some fresh air and real human interaction.

 

Another tip I think is good for families and kids is, if you are going to watch TV, might as well watch it together. I know members of a family can all have different schedules and tastes when it comes to TV, but watching a show once or twice a week together is always fun. It can also help parents to monitor their kids’ screen-time intake when they are all together. What other tips do you have for kids and families?


3 Comments

Elizabeth Phillips

Elizabeth Phillips

September 24, 2018at 2:36 pm

This is something that I have really been shocked by recently. My 3 year old niece knows how to open my iPhone, unlock it, and select between apps, and that scares me a little bit. I also agree with watching TV as a family. My parents and I used to have a couple shows per week we would watch as the episodes came out, and it was really fun to be able to sit with them, be quiet, and just bond as we watched and discussed each episode.

Charlie Goedtke

Charlie Goedtke

September 24, 2018at 3:16 pm

It’s crazy now that parents will just buy an Ipad to keep their kid entertained. I completely understand it it’s just important to monitor as you mentioned. Clearly there are benefits to the increasing digital native generations but there will also be some negatives or maybe it’ll just be a complete change in the way society operates. I don’t think it’s super necessary to start kids on devices as early as they are now. Our generation operates and understand technology yet we weren’t introduced to touch screens until middle school or later.

Peyton Avon

Peyton Avon

September 24, 2018at 4:36 pm

I am also shocked at how young kids learn to work technology and have social media accounts. I have so many young cousins that have their own iPads and know how to work them and get to the shows that they watch on it. I definitely think parents need to monitor what is shown on their iPads, iPhones, and even computers. I know there is “YouTube Kids” channel that is specifically made for kids so that they don’t see the inappropriate content that might be shown on the normal YouTube site, which I think is a great idea. I also agree with limiting the amount of time kids spend on social media and screens in general and encourage them to go outside and play with friends.

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