Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Social media has become such an integral part of a teenager’s life that it can cause anxiety and lower their self-esteem. Modern teens are learning to do most of their communication whilst looking at a screen instead of another person. They are missing out on very critical social skills.
And dependant on what they are communicating online, it can affect their digital reputation. Friendships, relationships and even future job prospects are all at risk. As a parent, It is very important that you are aware of what picture they are painting of themselves online.
Once information makes its way online it can be difficult to remove. Images and words can be misinterpreted and altered as they are easily and quickly shared around. Privacy settings on social media sites need to be managed in order to protect your child’s digital reputation.
The digital landscape has put increased pressure on today’s teenagers. They feel pressured to make themselves available 24/7 and are fearful of missing out resulting in anxiety if they do not respond immediately to texts or posts. Teens are so emotionally invested in social media that it could be detrimental to their health affecting their sleep and mental wellbeing.