Angela Barnes and Christine Laird, both researchers of media influence, posted a blog post in 2012, analysing the effects of social media on children. They state in their work that there are many positive aspects of media, including easier communication and sharing of ideas. Children can also use media to learn about subjects which they are maybe too afraid or uncomfortable to ask in person, such as about sexually related business.
However, among these positive effects of media, there are also many negative ones. Media can negatively affect the mental health of children, already from a very early age. According to their findings, children who use Facebook and similar social sites “tend to be more narcissistic, antisocial, and aggressive”. Another problem with social media is the increased risk of cyberbullying, from which children can become very self-conscious. Children who are exposed to advertisements in media also alter their buying habits accordingly, being very vulnerable to harmful goods such as junk food and other goods.
- Barnes, A. & Laird, C. (2012). The Effects of Social Media on Children. Sites.ewu.edu. Retrieved 30 April 2016, from https://sites.ewu.edu/cmst496-stafford/2012/06/06/the-effects-of-social-media-on-children/