Teenagers tend to keep themselves busy with online activities. In the pre Facebook era teenagers would be seen hanging out in the Malls or in the parks or talking with their friends on the phone. Parents were unsatisfied back then because hanging out purposelessly would seem inappropriate; however, nowadays they are really worried about their children’s online activities.
Extent exposure to technology can affect children’s growing up healthy. Clinical psychologist Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair claims that children undoubtedly lose social skills of major importance choosing online interaction indeed, keeping up with someone online is completely different from having visual contact, since gestures, face expressions and body language belong to communication as well.
Building a healthy self-esteem is another major issue of growing up. Teenagers are grown to compare themselves with their peers, which can deeply affect the way the impression created about themselves. Having multiple identities is an idea created and supported by Social Media. Stereotypes about what is trendy and how a normal teenager should look like are reproduced by Social Media and teenagers are subjected to pressure to match to these standards for fear of being ignored or-even worse-rejected, teenagers try to keep up with the latest updates of how to be cool and they are stressed all the time to fulfil those expectations.
Puberty is a procedure to find your real you, so it is a complete waste of time to try to be what you were supposed to. Parents could help their teenage children to the direction of minimizing social media pressure by setting a good example. Most of the parents interact with their social media networks or check their emails overly, which automatically leads to disconnection from family life.
It would also be useful for parents to be friends with their children on Facebook, but this should not be meant as an interaction to spy on them, but as a reconciliation sign with the teen’s choices. And what’s more important, teens should be taught that it is perfectly fine to be different!
– By Giota Gkika
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