10 Reasons why Social Media Should Banned for Children Under 18
Social media is a big part of entertainment in many people’s lives. Online social groups began in the early 90’s, when the internet first became mainstream. It was an exciting time for students and young adults, especially. Home computers were not the norm yet, however, college students could visit the lab at school. There were even waiting lists to get a seat in the lab. Chat rooms were the first hint at social media. Instead of typing up an English paper, students would find a chat room and enjoy the connection with people from all over the world.
New responsibilities and dangers also came with the introduction of these chatrooms. Over time, people figured out how to track down who was online. It soon became apparent that there was more going on than innocent conversations. Social media today poses many dangers for kids, especially. You can never be sure who is present behind the face you see on the screen. Social media is now a hot spot for child predators. They can easily pretend to be a child themselves, as the prep their victims. Internet safety is now taught by almost every school, and parent.
Social media can easily take up several hours during the day. It can be difficult to tear ourselves away from social media apps on our phone. We have been conditioned to have access to everything that everyone else is doing, at all times. This makes it difficult to focus on the present. Life can be happening all around us, yet we often refuse to take notice.
When people are out in a crowd, you can often look around and see a large majority of people with their head down. This has even led to some injuries of individuals that are not looking where they are going. People have been caught on film, falling into fountains, and running into walls. It is not just a mobile phone problem. Some people are distracted by simple texting, however, many are checking their social media. People even meet up in person, only to be seen ignoring each other to look at their phones.
Social media also causes major issues for drivers. There are wrecks every day because of people that are checking their phones for various reasons. These often result in severe injuries and even some fatalities. There are numerous ad campaigns that focus on phone safety when driving. There have also been several laws passed that prohibit the use of cell phones while driving.
Social media can also distract us from what is real. Pictures on social media only catch a glimpse of what our lives are really like. We can easily distract others, and ourselves from the troublesome parts of our everyday lives. Social media does not always replicate our true selves. It is a distraction in itself, and can be
9. Not Real
When we put our pictures on social media, we usually take several so we can pick the best one. There are also many editing options and filters on phones and computers. The pictures we send out are no always the most real version of us. They are not what people would see in person. This part of social media leads people to form the wrong opinions about others. This can be taken to the extreme when major parts of a picture are changed.
You may also think that everything is going well for someone because they post smiling photographs on their social media site. This is not always true. Many people try to create a life on social media that they wish was real. These pictures, based on wishful thinking, can become a false reality for the social media user. They may even wish to hide from face to face meetings, as they want to maintain their online persona.
Social media can also lead to the perception that everyone else is perfect. Some people may think that others have little to no flaws, because of what is on their social media page. This can lead to self-doubt, and unhappiness. When people meet in person, they are able to see the humanity of others, instead of a false character.
8. Hidden Dangers
Social media can be a dangerous thing when people are not careful about screening their contacts. Child predators look for kids online to abuse. They may only be looking at pictures, however, they are also looking for more interaction. An older man may pose as a child of the same age to entice a child into a conversation. This practice of “grooming” can go on for months before they attempt to meet the child in person.
Many social media sites also give the option to change your settings to private. This is a very important step when young members are involved. Many lie about their age to get onto the social media. Parents may not know they even have an account. Adults can also set things to private, so that the public cannot see any of their family photos.
You may also notice that ads pop up repeatedly while you are on your social media site. These are often tailored to your search history. Your information is shared over and over to companies looking to make a sale. Be careful what pages you visit, as you could end up linked to some unsavory individuals.
7. False sense of Security
Social media seems to make people braver to speak out than face to face meetings. Many people think they are untouchable when they are rude on social media. People tend to have a false sense of security when they are acting tough on social media. They do not take into account that people can find out who they are and report them to the site. Many people get into in-depth arguments in the comments on a social media post.
It is amazing that people seem to think they are invincible when they are on these sites. They seem to become someone else, forgetting that they are still a human being with a face, a life, and a home that is being neglected. It is not realistic to think that you are untouchable on social media. Hiding behind a wall of text comments is not going to accomplish anything but, perhaps, an argument. Remain aware of who you are and how you are talking to others as you scroll through your feed on a daily basis.
You may also think that you are safe on the site. This security may be due to the fact that you create your own page, and it is full of your own business. When you are on social media, however, there is no such thing as complete privacy. You would do well visit each sites description page to read through their privacy policies.
Modern culture is full of addictive things. High fat foods are a part of most people’s diet, drugs are everywhere, and social media sites are taking over. Many people check their sites throughout the day. To see how addicted you are to these sites, simply set a timer to go off when you are allowed to check your social media. You are likely to find that you reach for your device several times before the timer ever even goes off. You can also write down the time each visit. This log can also include how long you spent on the site. It can be surprising to find out about our own addiction to social media.
Society does not need any more addictive items. Our culture is be becoming a sea of addictions with a lack of face-to-face social skills. There are new sites coming out all of the time, as well. This can be remedied by taking some of the sites off of your device. This may make it much harder to access, giving you time to think about staying off of it. You may also be surprised at how much you enjoy the break. Sometimes an addiction can take all the fun out of the thing that caused it, in the first place.
You may be able to recognize constant behavior complications in your children if they have reached a higher level of addiction. When you take the phone away for a punishment, they may talk back more rudely than normal. They may also seem to become restless and extremely irritate. This can also be met with many tears, as they do not know how to cope without their social media.