- 2 years ago
Twizbe : I commented on your other thread, but of all your reasons (which are all good), I think I like this one the most:
5) I’d like to show by example how to use SM safely. I hope as he grows up he will see that we don’t post him and he will start to understand why.
In addition to the physical safety issues, I really think social media can be damaging from a mental/emotional health perspective, especially for young people. I am so thankful it didn’t exist when I was in middle or high school. It was hard enough navigating the social scene as a teenager without social media. You’re so vulnerable at that age and so eager to fit in and get approval from your peers, and social media just takes that to a new level of intensity. As a parent, I’d want to drill it into my child’s head from a young age that social media is a rather silly thing not to be taken too seriously. That the way people present themselves on social media may have little to no bearing on their real lives, so you shouldn’t comapre yourself to others or feel bad about yourself because of what you see on social media. And, on the flip side, that you shouldn’t use social media to portray your own life in an unrealistically glamorous fashion because that can make other people feel bad.