Are social media apps harmful to teenagers?

Pros and Cons - Is Social Media a Danger for Young People?

Is social media a threat to young people?

In a sense, all you had to do was dip an immersion heater into the murky tide, and in no time a whole bundle of dirt and mud was sticking to it. That was shown this week by the experiment of “Northwestern Switzerland” to put the fictitious profile of a 15-year-old on the Internet. How can you avoid such bad experiences?

Pro by Darla Frick: "Social media endangers a carefree childhood"

Around 89 percent of 12 to 19 year olds are registered on at least one social platform. Half of these young people admit to having exchanged revealing pictures via a social network. This fact alone shows that social networks are a danger to young people. A danger to those who do not know how to protect themselves.

The internet and social networks provide access to images, information and worlds from which we were once protected: pedophilia, pornography and violence. The «sharing» and «liking» of content enables a direct, unfiltered channel into the children's room. As a result, children and young people today are confronted with these things earlier - voluntarily or involuntarily. The social networks endanger a real, carefree childhood.

Publishing personal pictures and information is particularly dangerous. It is especially difficult for young people to assess the consequences. Prevention is the keyword. But behavior on the Internet is still not a school subject. Careless.
At least as important is what Albert Einstein predicted: “I fear the day when technology surpasses humanity. There will only be one generation of idiots in the world ». He's right.

What happens if one day virtual friendships replace real ones? What if the young people misunderstand the social platforms as social interaction? When the virtual self becomes more important than the real me? Absurd? No. Today we are already chatting instead of talking. You post holiday photos instead of organizing a photo evening with friends. Social interaction degenerates into anti-social communication.

Young people create a virtual self on the Internet. A pale copy of what society regards as beautiful and worth striving for. This attempt is doomed to failure, leads to disappointment and destroys self-esteem in adolescents. Here, too, the rule is: be careful. Social platforms are dangerous if they are not consumed and used with care.

Against Marcel Kuchta: "Recognize dangers and don't breed fear of contact"

As a parent, you are confronted with questions and problems relating to your children every day. Are you allowed to play near the busy street? Are you really supposed to go to the park with your friends, where strange characters frolic from time to time? Can you ride your bike to the gym for training in the evenings? And so on.

The answer is always the same. Of course, they should, may, and can. What matters is what we as parents give them as tools. To put it simply, I call it common sense. He is an excellent advisor in many life situations. But it doesn't come by itself. You have to teach it to your children. Or to put it simply: conveying certain values ​​to you and showing you what works in life and what doesn't. Recognizing dangers helps to breed without fear of contact.

This is sometimes easier said than done. Because in our networked, globalized and increasingly fast-paced world, the impressions from the outside patter on the children in high rhythm. It is becoming increasingly difficult for them to channel, process and, above all, assess them. It is the main task of parents to help their offspring deal with this constant rain. What is important? What's just stupid? And above all: what is dangerous?

This is especially true for dealing with social media. At some point the time will inevitably come when you can no longer lock your children out of this world. Mobile phones and tablets have become indispensable parts of our lives - regardless of whether you like them or not. It is the reality. Refusing it is pointless and pointless. At the same time, a new world is opening up for the kids: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat. Just like in “real” life, the same applies here: You may, can and should use these platforms. However, it is also crucial here that the parents provide the necessary tools. Like on the street, in the park or on the way to the gym, dangers lurk. If you know them and know how to deal with them, then such situations are exactly what they should be: everyday.