The Negative Effects Of Social Media Influence On Teenagers

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Social media, phone apps, and television are all apart of our daily lives, but do we stop to think about how media may be a big influence on the lives of growing children and maturing teens? Revealed in research, media has effected how children behave and also shows a change in their thought process. Instead of media being seen to create positivity, it has seemed to cause more negative effects on children and teens. As it is more researched, the damaging effects become more evident and reveals the powerful impact it may have on everyone, especially the children and teens if we take a look at our own generation. The negative effects media may have is brainwashing children, causing changed behavior, having a lack of social skills, and the participation in cyberbullying. This research paper will reveal the influence media …show more content…
Teenagers can relate more to social media than children because of the use of cell phones, which may include social media apps. Social media apps can be very entertaining but it has its negative effect that impact young teens such “improper use of technology, lack of privacy, sharing too much information, or posting false information about others or themselves” (O’Keeffe 05) Most social media sites have age limits that start at a minimum of 13 years old. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act is a set policy that “prohibits websites from collecting information on children younger than 13 without parental permission” (O’Keeffe 03). The problem with this policy is that children can easily lie about their age just to set up a social media account. Also the website that is prohibiting certain age groups, contains inappropriate content that is not meant to be viewed by children of certain ages. This aspect of social media also depends on what age the child received a cell phone or had access to a

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