Effect of social media on Family Relationships
What Social Media
19% of children 2-5 years old can operate a smart phone. 9% can tie
their shoe.( familyandnewmedia.blogspot.com )
1/2 of children have used social media by the age 10.
Facebook has “sign ups” form kids as young as 8.
Teens send/receive around 3,700 texts per month. 125 per day.
43% of kids had messaged a stranger by the age 12.
Pros and Cons
Strengthen ties- sharing
Connection- Skype, before there were letters.
Common topics- a video going viral
Social Behavior- distant/disfunctional
health issues- too much daily consumption
Distraction- negative impact on learning
The Time it Takes
28% of people are spending less time with a family member
Teens= 7.5 hrs/day (washingtonpost.com)
18-34 year olds= 3.8 hrs/day (marketingcharts.com)
35-49 year olds= 3 hrs/day
50-64 year olds= 2.4 hrs/day
Strengthen the Relationship
Openly talk bout what’s going on in the child’s social media.
Show your kids that you care about what they post.
Make sure they know about privacy settings.
Check your child out online and see how they express themselves.
Get them to talk bout what they posted about that day to get the conversation going.
commonsensemedia.org, aap.org- American Academy of Pediatrics)