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Social Media - a Double Edged Sword

Published on Sep 07, 2019 and last reviewed on Oct 17, 2019   -  3 min read

Abstract

Abstract

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 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. I regularly meet parents in my 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 is somehow undermined. I frequently hear parents saying that their children spend more time on social media than interacting with 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 regarding the use of social media. Putting a blanket ban on social media is neither feasible nor advisable. The key is to help the young people to use it judiciously, harness the positive benefits, and prevent potentially adverse outcomes.

Pros of Social Media:

Cons of Social Media

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What Can Parents Do?

If parents are able to help their children to use social media judiciously and prevent addictive behavior, it will provide a huge boost to lead their lives productively.

 

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17 Oct 2019  -  3 min read

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Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

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