You can ask any teenager if they have any kind of social media, and the answer you will most likely get is, “yes.” Most parents will not think twice when their child asks them for permission to make a social media account. Although, in some cases, children would not even bother asking their parents for permission. I myself, at almost eighteen years of age, can say I have experienced this. I have three different social media accounts and not once did I ask my mom for permission. I spend most of my time on social media and I know for a fact I am not the only one.
Social media is harming the mental health of teenagers. An average amount of sleep a teenager should get is about nine hours, yet the average only gets seven hours of sleep. Teenagers are only getting that amount of sleep because they get so anxious to see what new feed is on their social media account.
Some of these teens post things their parents would not allow and they think that by just pressing, “delete,” the content is gone forever. There will be girls almost with no clothing on, boys throwing up gang signs, videos of them at parties doing drugs, you name it. Content like this will most likely trigger your child’s brain to think that; that’s how they should act, look, or they might even sense the need to try drugs.
People can argue that social media helps you communicate with those far away from home. That they will be able to see what you post and keep up to date with what you’re doing. What they do not know, is that teenagers do not use social media wisely and spend way too much time on it.
According to the article, Our Great Public Health Crisis, about ten years ago, the average patient at a doctors office would be because of the; flu, cold, fever, or anything along lines of that. Now we have teens going in for suicide attempts, depression, anxiety, cutting, etc. The worst part of all this is , that social media is causing this and making your child feel sick. Another thing that goes on social media is the way one treats another in a negative way and it’s referred as cyber bullying. Even though those with disabilities feel that they are normal like everyone else, they can still get bullied on social media because some teenagers have no filter and will just say something without thinking twice.
Something has to be done about this and we have to act now. These teenagers are showing higher levels of social pressure than ever before. Parents need to take action and limit their children to social media and keep up with what they are watching and posting. Not doing little things like this could really cost a life of a teenager and that’s not worth it.
Contributing Writer: Yamileth Bello