With time, digital media is growing rapidly. The advancement of technology has increased the internet and social media usage. Social networking services made our lives dramatically easier. It made it possible to keep in touch with others all around the world by the different elements of social interaction across various social sites or applications like Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter, and many more. They are used every single day by people that belong to different age groups and demographics.
Social media plays an important role in our everyday lives. Even when people feel down or depressed they turn to social media and scroll to blow their problems or worries out of their heads.
But on the other hand, it frequently happens that kids easily fall into a complete disconnection from their family influence while playing all fun with their social media. Often, it develops the distance between other family members and kids don’t enjoy spending time with their family.
They would rather choose to be just glued to their own world of Social media and the internet than any annoying interference of others, even the parents when they’re deeply obsessed with their social media.
Social media obsession in kids
Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp are everything for kids. Kids have no difference from adults that always demands their own social networking and social circles; Kids are the same.
True is true, we all as parents could understand our kids’ hopes for their more independent beings to be more respected and they would want some time specially allocated for themselves — their own time. (Their own fun)
But a problem may come by this point — Ages under 18 is defined as:
- Lacking an ability to do the right judgment
- Being at an immature stage for their cognitive and social development
Given that reason, there are high chances that the use of Social Media may bring negative impacts on kids‘ natural growth development across different personality facets. Once affected, the digital damage may be long-standing affecting children’s brains and could cause serious follow-up problems in their social, and personality development.
Tips To Protect Kids From Social Media Obsession
Parents can capitalize on these tips suggested below to protect kids from social media obsession.
⦁ Educate parents themselves to keep up with the latest technology and social sites kids often use. It is necessary to learn about how they work and function in order to give their kids proper control.
⦁ Safe browser settings might be a way to work it out by limiting the content to expose in the search engines.
⦁ Regularly monitor their social accounts and privacy settings to minimize the risk of personal or confidential information leakage.
⦁ Make sure that kids don’t unconsciously reveal confidential information to strangers or 3rd parties through their everyday-social media activities.
⦁ Keep children clearly aware that accepting friend requests of strangers that they never know can always result in a troublesome situation.
⦁ Set some guidelines and parental rules to use digital devices and social media
⦁ Utilize a parental control app to keep track of the online activities of your kids to protect them from any online dangers and social media addiction.
What Brings Children’s Social Media Addiction
Here are some possible causes that trigger an excessive use of social media and digital media by your kids.
Children are always fond of something intense or addictive which are mostly fun based. And children stick to one when they find it worth their time for the fun and joy.
That’s exactly what Social media wants to make use of, by exploiting the immature discretion of kids deciding to be glued to their mobile phones hours and hours. Every social media site wants to improve their ATOS (Average Time On Site) and kids are a great target for them.
Many kids nowadays want to keep the online means of social networking — Social Media; Whether it’s for their fun or social circling.
Everyone would know how hard to stop bragging about themselves with a cool post and be flattered by a dozen or even hundreds of people online. it’s such addicting and exciting with a false illusion that your social presence has become so influential and powerful. (Of which often turns out to be false in the ‘down-to-earth life’.)
Kids tend to feel more intense to that, such excitement and the false sense of their beings socially recognized, and this leads them to easier and deeper addiction to Social Media.
Social media is a huge platform for sharing digital assets with people in distance. By using social apps, people can connect the entire world on the planet to their daily digital needs.
Children are no exception; Social Media would be one of the daily necessities they can’t live without. Children would have excessive fun, posting their images, photos, videos, or thoughts to share with other kids in their interest circles when they fall into a deep addiction with it.
Additionally, their addiction to social media and content sharing can bring another serious negative impact. Children are actually valuable to be exposed to non-filtered inappropriate content such as profanity, violence, or nudity which needs a proper parental guardian.
What Smartphones Contribute to Children’s Social Media Obsession
Children are used to using their smartphones and keep them close in their pockets all the time. While the smart devices are sticking to kids, the kids are being connected with all other kids they know. They consistently get notified from their social media notifications like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp and it brings more harm than good to kids.
Disturb the sleep routine
Many social media addicted kids are sleepless. They watch Youtube, post images/videos, or just aimlessly skim through the social media posts all night. Going to sleep in at 3 AM isn’t abnormal for kids any longer.
Indeed, it may interfere with their proper sleep and result in bad habit formation which breaks their proper routine day and night. And what’s worse is that your kids may end up with chronic insomnia and sleeplessness disorder in case.
Easy Access to Social Media
Nowadays, accessing social media is one click/tabbing away for nearly everybody on the planet; this goes the same to our kids.
Despite we all benefit from the current high edge social networking technology and such handy tools to bettering the convenience of our personal networking, at the same time, we can’t deny the fact that it leaves a pretty dozen of harms in your parental guardianship by putting your children at risk of addiction to social media.
Again, social media has very easy access to kids that highly promotes an entry of them and that could be the starting point of so-called children’s social media addiction which is a problematic issue these days.
Temptation To Intense Content
Social media can be quite an unregulated world to kids where kids can be exposed to a countless number of nudity, profanity, or gory violence that promotes unhealthy mental/personality development. Nearly every parent should know they aren’t an ideal experience to their kids.
Despite of their parents’ hopes, social media can be a new world full of wonder and excitement that kids may want to dig more to explore to discover the ‘new sort of joy’ they never experienced before.
Nevertheless, social media is a combined world where grown-ups and under-18s interact together. My best wish would be the adult users on social media knowing how to hold back their adultage, in fact, in the reality, it often falls side-tracked, affecting the proper progress of their child’s development.