Q: What might be the effect of social media on younger kids in the future?
What I do know is that kids in the future will be impacted by social media because even young kids today are being affected by it because they believe everything that they see is true. Which in some cases, it’s not. One thing I would like to know is if social media will have a positive or negative effect on kids in the future.
There are two sides when it comes to talking about the future effects that social media may have on kids. Social media may have a positive effect because of the many accomplishments that could be done and a negative effect because there are inappropriate websites, cyber bullying and false information can impact the minds of young kids. Some positive sides when it comes it social media and kids is, kids can be creative and interact with one another and learn. “Social networking provides an alternative way to get students interested in learning with a new and previously unconventional medium (Rosen, 2011).” It also provides a leeway for kids who are shy, to a have a non threatening interaction with other kids online in a positive way. The negative aspects is young minds are moldable, and social media can mold the way a child thinks or behaves. The vastness of social media ensures that there is no control of the level of information given. Cyber bullying can have dangerous and potentially fatal effects and claims many victims each year. Also it can be a waste of time, spending too much time can also affect a child negatively and often lead to social media addiction.
I think that I would lean on the negative side for the future of kids and social media. When kids get older, they would not be able to interact with each other face to face, which is the first source of communication before technology. Also as young children, they are more likely to believe that everything that they see on social media is true which we all know is not always the case. If we just put them through one way of interacting and communicating, it would really affect them long term because it’s not healthy to have one way of communicating and not being able to branch out in different ways. Although technology is a big part of living in today’s world, so it would be good if kids could learn at a young age how to use technology and social media in a healthy and good way.