Influence Of Social Media On Teenagers

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Social Media Influence on Teenagers
Social media is broadly defined as any electronic platforms or channels that allow people to communicate and share content (Junger 1). Teenagers today spend countless hours using social media. Many wonder what impact this is having on today’s youth. Schools sometimes think the impact is negative because of bullying, but on the other hand many schools use it to teach and send notifications. Parents think that their children learn negative things from social media, but they can also communicate with family and friends to stay in touch. There are many influences that social media has on teenagers, but society is still debating whether the negative influences outweigh the positive influences.
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Socialization and communication has improved with the help of social media (3). People can stay connected with friends and family and can even make new friends (3). Social media has enhanced learning opportunities (3). Students can connect with one another on homework or group projects and can collaborate and exchange ideas (3). Some schools use blogs or LMS to give more learning opportunities to the students (3). Teenagers can access their health with social media (3). One teenager whose dad was told there was nothing else to do about his kidney disease (Park 7). He used social media to spread the word about his dad needing a kidney donor (7). It ended up that one of the boy’s friends from school had no clue that his dad was going through such a terrible thing and offered to donate a kidney (7). According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, teens can access online information about their health concerns easily and anonymously (O’Keeffe, Clarke-Pearson 3). Adolescents with illnesses can network with people with similar conditions (3). A girl who suffered from a chronic illness was terribly lonely but when she discovered social media and the app Starbright, her life changed immensely (Park 7). She was able to connect with others who had the same issues as her and she felt as …show more content…
Cyberbullying and online harassment is a huge concern when talking about social media. According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, cyberbullying is deliberately using digital media to communicate false, embarrassing, or hostile information about another person (4). It is the most common online risk today (4). According to a study done by psychologists from the University of California- Los Angeles, 3 out of 4 teenagers have been bullied to some extent in a 12-month time period (Parks 4). These kids rarely tell anyone about it. It can occur to any young person online. Those same Pediatricians also say cyberbullying can cause profound psychosocial outcomes including: depression, anxiety, severe isolation, and even suicide (O’Keeffe, Clarke-Pearson 4). Privacy concerns are also a problem. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, adolescents who lack an awareness of privacy issues often post inappropriate messages, pictures, and videos without understanding that “what goes online stays online” (5). Several users post information such as their hometown and school (Parks 4). In just a few clicks you can find tons of information out about a crush or a new kid in school (6). This kind of information is what people who stalk online want. Teenagers can be observed by those committing crimes and

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