In the simplest form,social media can be defined as websites and applications that permit users tocreate and share content or to take part in social networking. Today this socialnetworking has become an important part of children daily life.
Almost allchildren have social media account, and day after day this become normal. ”Overhalf of 12-15 year olds who used the internet at home in 2005 had created apage or profile on a social networking site: two in five of all 12-15 year oldsin the UK (40%). In 2015 close to a quarter of 8-11s who go online (23%) and76% of 12-15s who go online have a social media profile. This equates to 21% ofall 8-11s and 74% of all 12-15s in the UK” (”Childrenand Parents: Media and use attitudes report”, 2015, p.
27). Because of socialmedia’s populartiy among children, their family start to worry about them. This expanded popularity has broughton issue amongst many parents in regard to howmany it sites are affecting their children (”Social networking and children”, 2010, para.
1). Thelives of children in today’s society are running around social media, and this causesome effects. Social media has negative effects on personal developmentof children such as cyberbullying, lack of social development, thus, it needsto be prohibited. Some mayargue that parents can control their children, so social media doesn’t need tobe prohibited to them.
It is the contention of these supporters that parentalcontrol. They believe that it is thanks to some programs and applications thatparents can control easily their children. These programs and applications cangive you exhaustive reports of your child’s how much time spent online at whichsites and they can alert parents to any inconvenient language or shears (Pearl& Joseph, 2016).
However, parental control can’t be a solution becausechildren can reduce parental control. They can take some help from technology.But, how? They can take their parents’ smart phone or pc, and deleting e-mailsand files from their tools. ”Accordingto “UK Children Go Online” survey findings: while 46% of parents claim thatthere is filtering software on the computer used by their child, 69% of 9–17year olds who use the Internet at least once a week have some concerns abouttheir parents restricting or monitoring their Internet use, and two thirds ofthese young people have taken some action (e.g.
deleting e-mails, hiding files)to maintain their online privacy from their parents or others” (as cited in Çankaya & Odaba??, 2009, p.1108). Another argue that social media can help children more sociable, so itdoesn’t need to be prohibited to them. Children can use social media’smessaging tools, so social media can help improving the relationships ofchildren. Half (%52) of all children social media users say social media canhelp improving relationships together with friends, compared in conformitywith just 4% any social media use has moreoften than hurt theirs relationships (Victoria Rideout, 2012). Nevertheless, social media causeanti-social children because children who using social media too much can seeits easy communication ways by side of face-to-face communication.
They startto spend time only in social media, and only communicate via social media, soit will cause addicted to social media. The conclusion one needs to draw fromthese is that parents can’t control their children. Itis clear that social media has negative effects on personal development ofchildren; first of all, social media cause cyberbullying among children. Theycan be brave than face-to-face confrontation. Because children can use thecomputer screens as a shield, so they can speech things as they would certainlynot say among face-to-face confrontation.Some social media sites, such as Twitter and the like, appear to be rising aspopular websites because of cyberbullying perpetration or victimization, intoquantity a cogitation of their growing popularity (Whittaker , 2015). It doesn’t mean only cyberbullying is say things bad. Also,this cyberbullying can take different forms.
Cyberbullying can get various shapes such as sending unwanted, defamatory, orbullying comments, dispersal rumors, sending pictures or videos that are rudeor humiliating by text, email, chat, or posting on websites with socialnetworking sites (Görzig & Frumkin, 2013). Secondly, socialmedia affect children’s personal skills. Children who using social media havelack of social development. Because they can take serious damage by socialmedia.