Why Is My Child Always Online?

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.

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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.

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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!

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– By Giota Gkika

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References

Anderson, M. (2016, January 7). Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring.  Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/01/07/parents-teens-and-digital-monitoring/

Dawson, M. (n.d.). (2016, June 01). Parenting in a Fakebook World: How Social Media Is Affecting Your Parenting. Retrieved from http://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/how-social-media-is-affecting-your-parenting/

East, S. (2016, August 1). Teens: This is how social media affects your brain. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/12/health/social-media-brain/

Newsedu.gr. (2013, December 19). Retrieved from http://www.newsedu.gr/%CF%83%CE%B5%CE%BC%CE%B9%CE%BD%CE%AC%CF%81%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CE%B5%CF%80%CE%B9%CE%BC%CF%8C%CF%81%CF%86%CF%89%CF%83%CE%B7/%CE%AD%CF%86%CE%B7%CE%B2%CE%BF%CE%B9-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9-%CE%BC%CE%AD%CF%83%CE%B1-%CE%BA%CE%BF%CE%B9%CE%BD%CF%89%CE%BD

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One thought on “Why Is My Child Always Online?

  1. Hello Giota. I really found your article very interesting. Unfortunately, nowadays a lot of children and teens spend a lot of hours daily on the Internet. Social media are platforms where users tend to spent most of their time online. As they reveal, a major reason for using this platform is for getting in touch easily with their friends.Specifically, they believe that it is a way to maintain relationships with their friends who live abroad. Through social media they can upload a photo and share their personal moments with their friends. A study claimed that parents mostly created a social network account to keep an eye on their children activity and post. Common practices include the supervision of their kids posts such as their photos and their check in. (Drexler, 2013)
    Furthermore, it is interesting to observe that according to a study (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research/2016_csm_technology_addiction_executive_summary.pdf) half of teens claimed that they are addicted to their mobile phone whereas 28% of their parents are believed to be addicted too. The extreme use of mobiles is also responsible for many conflicts in family due to the ignorance of family matters during the use of phone.
    The big amount spent on social media have a lot of impacts on health. Specifically, the many hours spent online can impact on reduced sleep and anxiety. It has been proven that “exposure to excessive light at night, including lights from computer screens and other electronic media, can disrupt sleep, particularly in children and teens” (Rettner, 2012). Moreover, mental issues such as narcissism are associated with the extreme use of social media use. (Blaszczak-Boxe, 2015)

    By Anna Pavlou

    References

    Blaszczak-Boxe, A. (2015, September 11). http://www.livescience.com. Retrieved from http://www.livescience.com/52148-social-media-teen-sleep-anxiety.html
    Drexler, P. (2013, December 6). http://www.psychologytoday.com. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-gender-ourselves/201312/why-teens-need-privacy-online
    Rettner, R. (2012, June 21). http://www.livescience.com. Retrieved from http://www.livescience.com/36488-light-night-health.html

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