Social media is a huge part of daily life in the modern world, and with more studies showing the negative effects it can have on us, we all need a strategy to ensure we can set limits on the internet. This is especially true for impulsive teens who haven’t yet learned how to discipline themselves.
Dealing with Over saturation
Being online all day means constantly being bombarded with information. Often, much of this information is false, negative or otherwise upsetting. Even when it seems the media we’re viewing is positive, it often still inspires feelings of sadness.
For example, if you’re a single person, you might feel lonely when viewing pictures of your best friend’s happy family. Maybe once in a while this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but if you’re checking your feed multiple times a day, the negative effects will begin adding up. Setting limits on internet use is one of the best things you can do.
Dealing with Oversharing
Everything on the internet stays on the internet forever. This is important to keep in mind when it comes to teen internet use. If an adult makes the choice to post scantily clad pics, it’s one thing, but vulnerable young teens don’t have the maturity to know how they’ll feel about this choice in the future. The same goes for making other bold statements.
Dealing with Bullying
Bullying is another huge problem with teen internet use, and unfortunately, it’s not just a teenage issue. Teach your teens that they don’t have to tolerate or engage with bullies in any manner. Many people struggle with this. If a bully says something false about them, they feel the need to fight back, but often, this just leads to hours of wasted time and drained energy. That’s why social media sites like Twitter offer block and mute features. Encourage your teens to use these to deal with problematic people.
Right now, the entire world is still learning how to stay safe and healthy online. Since things change so quickly, we have to stay on top of how we’re feeling.