What are some of the negative effects of social media on children?

There are a number of positive aspects of social media which we will examine shortly, but the negative effects on children are also numerous.


Social media can affect the mental health of teens.  Levels of contentment can decrease and their likelihood of getting into trouble or being depressed increases as usage goes up. (Rideout, 2010)


Teens who use Facebook tend to be more narcissistic, antisocial and agressive (Rosen, 2011)


Many young online users are lured by online sexual predators. (Ybarra, 2007)


Many children are heavily infuenced by powerful advertising they see on social media sites.


Like anything else, social media should be used in moderation.  Time spend on social media is time away from studies.

Son surfing the internet with web filters applied
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