Social Media Affects A Child 's Social, Emotional And Cognitive Development

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All around the world, society is continually faced with the growing problem of electronics and social media. As an eighth grade teacher and a member of a research team currently studying how social media can impact a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development, I have observed that whether it is a restaurant, school, or even a bathroom, someone is always on some sort of technology. Along with technology, using social media web sites is among the most common activities of today’s children and adolescents. According to a recent poll, 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than ten times a day, more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day, 75% of teenagers now own cell phones (O’Keeffe, 2011, p. 800). Social media is a great way to connect people and can be enjoyable in moderation. However, when social media is used disproportionately, it can have negative impacts in all aspects. Children are much more impressionable than adults and adding social media to the equation can lead to harmful results. This essay will explore the societal effects of the increase in social media, and how the excessive use of social media has made children less social, more prone to cyberbullying, and made a huge impact on the quality of their education.
The number of preadolescents and adolescents using text messaging or social network sites to create relationships increased dramatically producing more and more children to lack…

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