Social media is an interesting topic. It has many benefits, but it is also important to know both the positive and negative effects that social media can have on youth. In this post, we will talk about how social media can be used for good or bad by looking at different studies conducted on the topic. So, what are the positive and negative effects of social media on youth?
The positive effects of social media on youth
The first and most obvious effect of social media is the ability to connect with people all over the world. With just a few clicks, we can talk to someone who lives in another country or state as if they were sitting right next to us! This concept has been used for good many times such as recovery efforts after natural disasters.
Social media can also help youth become more politically active and learn about current events. For example, the “Black Lives Matter” movement was largely propelled by social media.
Another positive effect of social media is that it can help youth feel more connected to their friends and family. This is especially true for those who live far away from their loved ones.
The negative effects of social media on youth
While there are many positive effects of social media, it is important to also discuss the negative effects. One such effect is that social media can lead to cyberbullying. In fact, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, almost half of all American teenagers have been bullied online.
Another negative effect of social media is that it can be used as a platform to spread false information. For example, after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, people on both sides of the gun control debate began using social media to express their opinions, and sometimes these posts contained false or misleading information.
Ways to combat the negative effects of social media on youth
So, we have seen that social media can have both positive and negative effects on youth. What can be done to combat the negative effects? Here are a few ideas:
- Educate youth about how to use social media safely and responsibly
- Talk to your children about what they are seeing and doing online
- Create rules for internet use and monitor their online activity
- Create a contract for social media that they have to read before using it. This can include rules such as no cyberbullying, only positive posts allowed, etc.
How this affects future generations (i.e., children)
As we mentioned earlier, social media can have positive and negative effects on youth. But what about the children of those youth? Will they also be affected by social media? The answer is yes.
A study conducted by the University of Michigan found that when parents are active on social media, their children are more likely to be active on social media as well. This is likely because children learn from their parents and mimic their behavior.
So, what can we do to make sure that our children have a positive experience with social media? We can start by being active on social media ourselves, setting good examples for our children to follow. We can also talk to them about the dangers of cyberbullying, sharing false information, and monitoring their social media use.
Ways that teachers can address this issue in classrooms
As teachers, we are in a unique position to help our students understand the positive and negative effects of social media. We can talk to them about how to use social media safely and responsibly, and we can also help them identify false information when they see it online.
We can also help students develop critical thinking skills so that they can evaluate the information they see online. Finally, we can help students understand how social media can be used to spread hate and bigotry, and we can talk about ways to combat this type of behavior.
Positive and Negative Effects of Social Media on Youth
So, what are your thoughts on the positive and negative effects of social media on youth? Leave a comment below!