Come on, now. Are there really any benefits for kids, teens, and even adults in using social media? Isn’t it true that people will find a way to make every good thing into something bad?
Well, there may be some truth in that, but it doesn’t have to be this way. While it’s sad that people use their intelligence, creativity, and abilities to harm others, I suspect most of us use it in a positive fashion to enhance life.
Consider that more than two-thirds of all people who indulge in alcoholic beverages do so responsibly, while the other third or so get all the negative attention (same dynamic)!
Social media has many “up” sides. Even very young children can stay connected with people they love. For example, if a parent is deployed overseas, one can literally see and hear him or her through the wires.
Older kids can develop more language and number skills through social media. Social skill learning can also be enhanced.
Older kids especially can develop better critical thinking skills, and we do offer lots of education through social media.
All kids can develop their imagination through this medium with apps, art, videos, music, etc.
Teens especially can and do develop their basic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills by blogging and using chat rooms. Social connections may abound.
Values can be taught – good values – and it is usually apparent what is good and not so good.
Of course, it is highly important for parents and other caretakers to be diligent about setting limits and controls, as with everything else in life, as they grow into adulthood.
In fact, the best parenting style, the one which produces the most emotionally intelligent and responsible adults, is the authoritative style – the parent has rules, enforces them, yet is kind and loving. Kids need limits. Responsible parents should be setting them.
What are YOU doing?!
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