Hey guys! Sorry for the late blog post its been a hectic week, but I made it through and I am ready to discuss this weeks debate on whether, or not “Social media is ruining childhood”. It is an interesting topic and both sides argued great points.
On the disagreeing side, Cassidy made a great point about how this is their childhood. Although it is different from previous generations its hard to argue that its ruining their childhood when they are are being brought up in it. These kids you have grown up with technology do not see any other way of growing up without it. In the article, “Positive Effects Of Social Media On The Youth” by Millicent Mensah it went along with some of the excellent points made by the classmates. Such as social media allows children to communicate, find information, make new friends, and learn to be technologically literate, which are important tools to have in this day in age. I found this statistic in the other article and it compliment the information. “When it comes to relationships with friends, more than half (52%) of teens said social media has made them better versus just 4% who said it has negatively affected those relationships.” ( “The upside of selfies: Social media isn’t all bad for kids”).
On the agreeing side, Shantel made great points about the negative aspects of technology in children’s childhood. In the article, ” Is Social Media Ruining Childhood?” by Emma Milsom stats, “At such a young age, children do not understand the repercussions of their actions on social media, creating a ‘digital footprint’ which is hard to erase and can come back to haunt them.”. This is a true statement that is problematic in youth. The internet allows these children so many opportunities, but it is not as forgiving as in reality. I think that children should be taught how to safely and respectful use technology at young ages.
Overall, I believe that technology is not ruining childhood, but there needs to happy-medium and proper teaching about technology.
Thanks for reading,