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Your Child’s Brain on Technology: Social Media

Posted: Fri, June 20, 2014 | By:

by Hank Pellissier

Social Media isn’t going anywhere, so as parents we to need consider how it affects kids’ developing minds and determine what role we want it to play in our children’s lives.

Is your child disinterested in video games, television, and texting, but alarmingly enthralled by social media sites? Many children are: a recent Pew Research Center survey determined that 73 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds use Facebook, with smaller but significant percentages of kids who are active on Twitter, Instagram, and MySpace.

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Why is social media so popular? Two primary reasons — for people of all ages — include a love of “sharing” (46 percent) and searching for “entertaining or funny” content (39 percent). Women also list “learning about ways to help others” (35 percent) and “receiving support from people in your network” (29 percent) as major excuses to log in.

These all sound like healthy reasons to use social media. Nothing to worry about, so… what are parents afraid of?

Being a good digital parent: what you’re up against

Social media, like other technology examined in this series, has the potential to provide enormous benefits or catastrophic damage to your child’s frame of mind. It’s safe in proper doses that are cautiously monitored; but it can be harmful if obsessively used with wide-open access to age-inappropriate content.

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