March 28, 2011 by staff
There have been some cases where Facebook vicious comments directed towards a young person has been blamed for suicide, but these are extreme cases. Pediatricians are increasingly concerned that prolonged exposure to social media sites like Facebook could be a contributing factor to depression.
A new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report attempts to disentangle the positive and negative effects of social media sites and provides guidance on how pediatricians, parents and youth can successfully navigate this new mode of communication.
“For some teens and tweens, social media is the main way to interact socially, rather than in the mall or at a friend,” said Gwenn O’Keeffe, MD, and FAAP, co-author of the clinic. “Much of the social and emotional development of this generation is occurring while the Internet and cell phones. Parents need to understand these technologies so they can relate to the world their children online -. And in relative comfort this world ”
Another recent study showed percent of adolescents connect to their favorite social media more than times a day, and more than half of teens connect to a social media site more than once a day. Sixty-five percent of teens now own cell phones, and 25 percent are using social media, 54 per cent for SMS, and percent for instant messaging.
But this poll was conducted two years ago. Chances are, he seriously underestimated the impact and reach of social networking sites among young people. Since 2009, millions of teenagers now have smartphones, allowing them access to Facebook when they are away from home.
How should physicians and parents respond to the growing presence of social networking sites in the lives of children? Guidelines developed for AAP says parents should talk to children and adolescents about their online use and the specific questions that children online today face, such as cyberbullying, sexting, and difficulty managing their time.
Examples of this are not hard to find. Last December Nia, a Facebook user Chickasaw, Alabama, wrote to the complainant ConsumerAffairs.com a young man has been using Facebook to threaten.
“It is part of a hate group that targets gay, innocent people who comment defend equal rights, Nia told ConsumerAffairs.com.” He made a direct threat to me that he supports violence, while maintaining that he is a Christian. He says, “You can see my state of mind.”
How can parents protect their children against the toughest side of social networking sites? If parents do not have a Facebook page, the guidelines suggest that in place, or become familiar with the area of?? How social networking. It’s a good way, say the researchers, parents feel better informed on this world.
Pediatricians are encouraged to discuss with the families of political Household Internet. Ensure that children spend countless hours online.
If you think of social media sites are all bad, reports AAP says there are several positive aspects. Engagement in social media and online communities can improve communication, enhance social interaction and help develop technical skills. They can help preteens and teens discover opportunities to engage in the community by volunteering and can help young people build their sense of identity.
But such use does not seem to occur without clear guidance and support at home. Because preadolescents and adolescents have a limited capacity for self-regulation and are sensitive to peer pressure, the report notes that they are at risk when they engage in and experience with social media.
“Some young people find the lure of social media difficult to resist, which can interfere with homework, sleep and physical activity,” said O’Keeffe. “Parents need to understand how their children use social media to enable them to set appropriate limits.”
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