The life of a tween or teen is a busy one – school, homework, occasional late nights cramming for exams, hanging out with friends, sports, and of course, the inevitable social media infiltration featuring all of these activities. Preteens and teens alike can’t seem to live without the apps that keep their phones buzzing all day. While the constant presence of tech devices at home and at family dinners can be frustrating for parents, is social media inherently bad?
Before you let your kids go hog-wild on Facebook and Instagram, it might be worth your time to check out the infographic below by TeenSafe.com. Unfortunately, cyberbullying is becoming a serious epidemic and social media sites are breeding grounds for the hurtful behavior. Even more disheartening is the fact that of the 62% of kids who have witnessed cyberbullying, 90% will not tell their parents. In order to change this problem and its negative consequences, it’s time for parents to become educated about what their children are doing online. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Infographic source: TeenSafe.com
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