Parenting - Digital Parenting | 6-18 yrs

Children And Social Media Addiction

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"I can’t think of anything I’d rather do less than have to continuously share details of my everyday life.” —Scarlett Johansson 

Social media addiction is a worldwide problem among people of all age groups. Children, especially teens, are more prone to get addicted to social media. This is because of the easy availability of, and access to, gadgets that helps them connect to the Internet from anywhere at any time. 

The article, 'Is social media ruining our kids?', says “A recent Pew Research Center study found that 92% of teens go online daily and that 24% say they are online ‘constantly’.”

Although staying connected through the Internet has many advantages, it also has a dark side as well. One of the risks of constantly being on social media is that it can lead to mental health-related issues. An article in The Telegraph quotes child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Hayley Van Zwanberg of the Priory Group. According to her, “Children are totally immersed in a virtual world which is damaging both to the way they see themselves and the way they perceive the real world; some young children are finding it hard to unpick reality from fantasy.”

Therefore, as a parent, it is important that you make your child understand the ill effects of constantly staying online. You should also teach him about the precautions he should take when using social media. 

But how would you know if your child is already struggling with addiction to social media? How can you guide him away from this unhealthy habit? 

This ClipBook brings to you all the information you need to prevent, identify and deal with your child’s craving for social media.

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