Social Media Increases Teen Girls’ Exposure to Bullying
|Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 | Author: ProCon.org | MORE HEADLINES|
Social media takes a toll on the health of teen girls due to increased exposure to cyberbullying and because the time they spend on those platforms detracts from sleep and exercise, according to a study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.
Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, clinical psychologist, told the Child Mind Institute that "Girls are socialized more to compare themselves to other people, girls in particular, to develop their identities, so it makes them more vulnerable to the downside of all this [social media use]."
Nicholls recommended three ways to mitigate the negative impact of social media: "Get enough sleep; don't lose contact with your friends in real life; and physical activity."
|Discussion Questions - Things to Think About|
|1. Should parents limit or otherwise make rules about teens’ use of social media? What sort of rules could they set?
2. What are the pros and cons of social media use? With which side do you most agree and why?
3. What could social media platforms do to protect users from cyberbullying?