EDTC 400. Is social media ruining childhood?

A study has revealed that the children who spend more time on online social networks feel LESS HAPPY IN ALMOST ALL ASPECTS OF THEIR LIVES. … wow

 

There are many reports saying that there are so many young children using social networks.

A BBC survey found that more than three-quarters of 10- to 12-year-olds have social media accounts. A report by the media watchdog Ofcom found that more than half of children aged as young as three and four use a tablet while one in seven has their own device.

“Then we shouldn’t allow children use it”. Well, that reminds me of something from Korea. In Korean high schools, there are strict rules about students’ uniforms, make-ups, and more. Once, I heard people complaining about how come teachers can wear make-ups and students can’t. Same to using technologies, more than 90% of 16- to 24-year-olds use online social networks. Is it fair to tell children just not to use social networks while almost all of us use it? Hmm, I don’t think so. Then what can we do about it? Personally, when I encounter a problem, I like to figure out what caused the problem.

The problem is that children are constantly comparing themselves to other people. I use social media too, and I like to upload and share if something good happens to me. Sometimes I feel strange when I see my colleagues with like thousands of followers and likes. With their really expensive (maybe their parents’) house, cars, boats, etc, children might feel jealous and turn them into spoiled kids. Another problem is that the more time children spend chatting on Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, and more, the less happy they feel about their school work, the school they attend, their appearance, their family and their life overall. Why do they feel less happy? One of the reason is cyberbullying. Young and innocent children are vulnerable to bullies from all around the world. We can’t tell that random person from another side of the world to stop bullying (because they won’t probably listen), but I think we can explain to the victims that why there are people doing such horrible things, and how we don’t have to worry about them at all. Some kids might think it’s cool to bully. So, we need to teach about being healthy digital citizens like how we talked about it in this class.

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