Solutions to curbing the abuse of social media use

by tasiags on January 26, 2014 - 6:59pm

            Published on October 28, 2013, the article “Pediatricians want bedroom ban on smartphones and limits on kids’ Internet, social media use” by Lindsey Tanner highlights the problem that has arisen with unregulated media use and proposes a few solutions based on the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy.

            A prominent pediatricians group states that parents need to be aware that unrestricted media use can have grave consequences, as it’s been associated with cyber bullying, school misery, obesity, violence, lack of sleep, etc. Although uncontrolled media use is not the main source of such issues, Dr. Victor Strasburger, lead author of the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy, claims that many parents are oblivious of the deep effects media exposure can have on their children.

            Following an incident where two Florida girls were arrested and accused of intimidating a classmate who committed suicide, a policy, aimed at all children, was published online in the journal Pediatrics. The policy mentions a few important findings, including the fact that 75% of children aged from 12 to 17 own cellphones, “young people now spend more time with media than they do in school – it is the leading activity for children and teenagers other than sleeping”, and a 2010 report that concluded that American children from 8 to 18 years old spent an average of more than seven hours/day on some kind of entertainment media.

            The policy recommends banning televisions from kids and adolescents’ rooms and restricting entertainment screen time, which includes Internet use on social networks, to a maximum of two hours per day. Dr. Strasburger realizes that children will most likely mock such recommendations, but “he hopes that it will lead to more limits from parents and schools, and more government research on the effects of media.”

Comments

Great summary! You provided relevant information, like the consequences of unrestricted media use and the statistics concerning young people and media. Nowadays, we hear a lot of cases of suicides because of cyberbullying, which is saddening. Users of social media are becoming younger by the year and I feel like the younger you are, the more naïve and sensitive you also are. Parents need to be conscious of what is happening on the internet and they should be more involved with their children. Here is a link that provides tips for parents for monitoring their kids: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/social-media-monitoring-kids

You talk about a subject that is important in our society nowadays. The use of Internet by teenagers is really concerning when you see that some girls were arrested because they pushed a girl to commit suicide. I find it quite horrifying. I believe that teenager are left alone with the Internet and it is not really good, they need to be supervised in order to stop this kind of thing. Using Internet on a smartphone keeps the parents away from what their children do. The parents need to talk to their kid about the danger of Internet and of their actions on this platform. I wrote two articles about the danger of Internet on younger population, I believe they would help you get deeper into this subject. One is called "Internet and Youth" and the other "The Danger of Sexting", there is the links to the actual article on my summaries so you can see other points of view on this subject.

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