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Teaching Kids to Be Smart About Social Media
Social Media and Teen Anxiety | Harvard Graduate School of Education
Most teens use some form of social media and have a profile on a social networking site. Many visit these sites every day. There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many risks and things kids and teens should avoid. They don't always make good choices when they post something to a site, and this can lead to problems. The flipside is that social media can be a hub for things like cyberbullying and questionable activities.
Teens, Social Media, and Privacy
Clutched in the hand of nearly every teen is a smartphone, buzzing and beeping and blinking with social media notifications. But is social media and the omnipresence of digital interactions really the cause of all this anxiety? Recent studies have noted a significant uptick in depression and suicidal thoughts over the past several years for teens, especially those who spend multiple hours a day using screens, and especially girls. But many of the pressures teenagers feel from social media are actually consistent with developmentally normal concerns around social standing and self-expression.
Teens share a wide range of information about themselves on social media sites; 1 indeed the sites themselves are designed to encourage the sharing of information and the expansion of networks. However, few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media. Instead, they take an array of steps to restrict and prune their profiles, and their patterns of reputation management on social media vary greatly according to their gender and network size.