It is an undeniable truth that in the present era, with improvement of IT skills, we can share information anywhere and anytime to everybody in the world. But what about our family? Do we have a strong bond with our family members? Social media is quickly evolving in front of our eyes. Although there are many positive aspects of social media, the negative effects on children and adolescents are also numerous. Communication that once was in person or by telephone now can be done without physical contact or connection. Individual spent countless hours of their lives attached to devices with the intent of communicating with others, sharing their chores of daily lives, and acquiring new information.
Physically present but emotionally distant
Excessive use of social media may affect a strong bond between a parent and a child. Parents are more distracted and less in tune with their children if they are constantly focusing attention on their devices. Parents and children no longer have conversations face to face but rather text each other even when they are only a short distance away or within the same house.
Parents who spend an excessive amount of time on sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and so on may be prone to neglecting their children or leaving them unsupervised for short period of time while they become immersed in the information shared through social media.
Psychological well-being of a child
While becoming inextricable to our daily lives, online social media are blamed for increasing mental health problems in children. It is estimated that 50% of all mental disorders are established by the age of 14 and 75% at the age of 18. Problematic behaviors related to Internet use are often described in psychiatric terminology as “addiction”.
Parents hold more responsibility for the psychological well-being of their child. Children are more enthralled by what they see on the Internet, which cater to their personal needs and desires. They are disconnected from the real world to connect on the virtual world. This disconnect creates gaps in parent–child relationships as children don’t bother to address their problems and parents are slowly losing touch with what is happening in their child’s life. Therefore, the excessive use of social media not only creates gap in the parent-child relationships but also affects psychological well-being of a child.
Children need attention
The central issue with parents of younger children is the time social media steals away from their children. Children find more games to play and videos to watch, which leads them to disconnect from their parents and grow away from them while finding comfort in something else. This occurs mostly because children need attention and more often than not, parents don’t give them enough attention due to work and several other factors.
Children are clay in the hands of their parents. Parents can shape their children in whichever way they want. Therefore, parents ought to play a vital role in shaping the future of their child’s destiny. If not now, then never.