5 Reasons Your Child Is Obsessed With Social Media

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Cyber Dive
May 8, 2021
4 min read

About 52% of the population currently use at least one form of social media. If you are struggling to understand what the hype is about, especially if your kids are spending a significant amount of time online, keep reading. Hopefully I can answer any questions you have by providing you with some insight into why kids love social media so much.

Entertainment

Social media platforms have become a free, in the palm of your hand source of entertainment. You don’t even need to follow accounts anymore to have a fully populated feed of curated photos and videos to keep you busy. With YouTube being one of the largest video-sharing platforms, people can spend hours watching things like celebrity vlogs, video game tips, GRWMs (get ready with me), prank videos or makeup tutorials. Platforms like TikTok and Instagram consist of more short-form videos with dance challenges, DIY tips, life hacks and recipes. Majority of the time, social media is a place for kids to mindlessly scroll, get a laugh or two and see content about topics that interest them. It brings immediate satisfaction and is there whenever they need it.

Social Scene

The original social media platforms, like MySpace and Facebook, were created solely for the purpose of keeping people connected. Honestly, not sure many of us could have survived 2020 without it! Over time, the ways we use social media has expanded. But, kids still use these platforms to see what their friends are doing. They are able to share personal aspects of their lives with hundreds, if not thousands, of online friends. This online group goes beyond their inner circle of family and friends and likely extends into friends of friends.

Many platforms have implemented a feature known as “Stories” which allows for people to post more casually since these posts are typically only up for only 24 hours. Kids are able to see meals their friends are enjoying, real life updates from their friends’ vacations or their OOTD (outfit of the day). It may seem pointless to the older generations, but for kids, this is their way of keeping up with one another.

Pop Culture

Celebrities and influencers use social media platforms to share and confirm the more intimate details about their personal life. Before social media became the go-to source for all things pop culture, we had to go to the local store, pick up a magazine and flip through it to hear the latest on these stars. Now, we can open up our phone and get the information instantly. Kids can discover new albums that are being released by their favorite artists, learn about the up and coming celebrities, get behind the scenes info on new movies or tv shows and so much more.

Many of the Gen Z influencers have made a career off of these platforms thanks to their dedicated online fans. They have the power to set fashion trends, convince millions to try their coffee order and take underground music artists to Spotify’s Top Hits. So, without social media you are likely behind on all of the latest trends and gossip, which gives most kids major FOMO (fear of missing out).

Validation

We all appreciate a little validation every now and then. Social media has made it easier than ever to get this confirmation from hundreds of your closest friends. Sometimes your child may just post a story to see that people are viewing it and care to see what they are up to. A simple “like” or “comment” hyping them up could make your kid’s day, especially if it’s from someone special. If you weren’t aware, Gen Z has turned social media into a passive-aggressive dating site, so just know that chivalry is not dead.

Of course, this is all fun and games to a certain extent. If your child’s self-worth becomes dependent on likes, comments and followers, it’s probably time for a little chat. Social media can make them feel really great one day and not so great the next. This is why it is so important to become involved in this aspect of your child’s life so that you can have this insight into how their activity could be affecting their confidence and mental health.

Creative Outlet

Social media has become the hot spot for self-expression. Apps like TikTok have given kids the ability to express themselves and challenge their creativity with the platform’s editing capabilities. Online trends are changing every week, so it is a full time job for your kids to keep their profile up to date. When done right, social media can be used as the ultimate space for inspiration and motivation. Your child should be building a community of online friends with similar passions who have their best interests at heart. This fuels a positive online environment which results in more positive online experiences for your child. They should feel encouraged to share about things they’ve learned or hobbies they have recently taken up. By becoming involved with your child’s online life, you can guide them to build this uplifting community so that they can reap all of the benefits social media has to offer.

"It's encouraging to know that, as parents, you do not have to be left in the dark, you can be involved. That's quite a powerful tool."
Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart Foundation
"Helping parents prepare for the gamut of situations to which social media opens the door has made [Cyber Dive] venture more valuable than the bottom line."
Georgann Yara
azcentral
"If we're concerned about stranger danger... what about a stranger getting into your child's direct messages? It can be just as dangerous, if not more so."
Billy Harfosh
iHeartRadio
"[Aqua One] was just launched and is going to change the way that our children grow up in a technology-driven world."
Desire Briggs
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
"As a Lawman and a parent I love seeing solutions for protecting children from the child predators. This Aqua One phone helps parents and even addresses the mental health of the child. Well done Cyber Dive."
Sheriff Mark Lamb
Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona
"In a society that relies so much on virtual connection, it is necessary that we teach our children how to navigate and use technology responsibly."
Dawn Van Camp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
“One of the neatest parts about the tool is that it gives insight into not only the safety of what my child is doing out there but what my child is thinking.”
Brian Steele
CEO of Phoenix Dream Center
“Being informed of your child's social media habits isn't just beneficial from a safety standpoint. You'll get an inside look at what your kid is into and enjoying.”
Larissa Marulli
moms.com
"It's encouraging to know that, as parents, you do not have to be left in the dark, you can be involved. That's quite a powerful tool."
Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart Foundation
"Helping parents prepare for the gamut of situations to which social media opens the door has made [Cyber Dive] venture more valuable than the bottom line."
Georgann Yara
azcentral
"If we're concerned about stranger danger... what about a stranger getting into your child's direct messages? It can be just as dangerous, if not more so."
Billy Harfosh
iHeartRadio
"In a society that relies so much on virtual connection, it is necessary that we teach our children how to navigate and use technology responsibly."
Dawn Van Camp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
"As a Lawman and a parent I love seeing solutions for protecting children from the child predators. This Aqua One phone helps parents and even addresses the mental health of the child. Well done Cyber Dive."
Sheriff Mark Lamb
Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona
"[Aqua One] was just launched and is going to change the way that our children grow up in a technology-driven world."
Desire Briggs
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
“One of the neatest parts about the tool is that it gives insight into not only the safety of what my child is doing out there but what my child is thinking.”
Brian Steele
CEO of Phoenix Dream Center
“Being informed of your child's social media habits isn't just beneficial from a safety standpoint. You'll get an inside look at what your kid is into and enjoying.”
Larissa Marulli
moms.com

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