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Social Media - a Double Edged Sword

Published on Sep 07, 2019 and last reviewed on Oct 06, 2022   -  4 min read


This article describes the pros and cons of social media use in children and what parents can do in this situation.

Social Media - a Double Edged Sword

What do Parents Need to Know?

Children and young people born after the 1990s are growing up with social media as an integral part of their lives. People born just a generation ago did not have to face this onslaught from social media. Doctors regularly meet parents in clinical practice who are getting frustrated by the undue influence of social media on their children. Many parents are bewildered by this development and feel that their parenting role and authority are somehow undermined. Parents frequently say that their children spend more time on social media rather than interacting with the family.

Is Social Media Good or Bad?

We have to accept that social media sites have become an inseparable part of our lives in the last decade or two. Like handling any delicate situation, we have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of the use of social media. Putting a blanket ban on social media is neither feasible nor advisable. The key is to help young people to use it judiciously, harness the positive benefits, and prevent potentially adverse outcomes.

Pros of Social Media:

Cons of Social Media:

Indiscriminate use of social media leads to increased exposure to screen time and poor sleep, which can have an adverse impact on children’s normal development. Further, time spent on social media can limit the time available for educational activities. A recent study has been published in which the researchers found that social media may harm mental health in teenagers, especially girls, due to increased exposure to cyberbullying, decreased sleep, and physical activities.

What Can Parents Do?


Social media is a good thing, but awareness of social media's pros and cons is very important. The youth in this generation sometimes takes a wrong turn and get into trouble. Calling social media a double-edged sword is correct, as it has become an integral part of society. Research has shown that around 27% of young people or children face mental health problems because of the excessive use of social media. However, it is undeniable that social media has given so much good to society by providing easy access to information, entertainment, communication, and even employment. It is all about awareness and the time duration spent on social media.

Using social media effectively is the new generation's and their parent's main concern. An individual should control and spend an adequate amount of time on social media; if it is not possible, they should seek help.

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