How Social Media Affect Our Kids
As I’m scrolling through Instagram or any social media in general.
I see so many comments about people’s looks. It doesn’t matter if it’s a child or a grownup, people are ruthless with their comments.
Lately, whenever I open the newspaper, there are so many news about young people’s pictures getting exploited on social media with devastating consequences.
Being online and using social media has turn out to,not always be a good thing, Surprise!
Yet, the consequence of kids using social media has come as a surprise to a lot of parents, Which is understandable they don’t know what their Kids are getting into online.
We live in a time where it is almost trendy to be busy busy busy. Super mom and dad have to take care of demanding jobs, have a social life and also be there for their kids. It is hard to present 100% all the time.
Read more about how to get a balanced life.
Being online our kids are getting more and more affected by social media, where looks are almost all that matters.
From an early age, they start getting fixated with how they look, many of them feel they are standing alone with a feeling of not being good enough or pretty enough .
Working with young girls with insecurity issues, I know that many of they feel lonely in their insecurity. They don’t know how to handle these feeling, some of them turn inward and start hurting themselves by cutting or starving, others go in another direction and start posting provocative pictures of themselves on social media or they become victims of group pressure and do stuff they would normally never do.
These things make them feel even more insecure, misunderstood and uncared-for. They don’t want to talk to adults or any parents about it because they don’t feel understood. But communication is the key.
It is important to talk to our kids, it is important that we try to understand where they are coming from without anger or judgment.
It is important as parents or adult family members that we build a strong core in our kids, that we make sure to help them be as mentally and emotionally strong that they wouldn’t become a victim of group pressure or feel the need to wanting to hurt themselves. We as adults must be very deliberate in lavishing praise and helping our kids appreciate the way they look and be proud of what they have.
My book Rosebud and The mushroom family is about teaching kids that they are born special and unique; it helps them to realize that there is always someone out there who will value them just the way they are.
See more about the book Rosebud and the Mushroom Famiy.
One of the most complex parts of parenting is knowing how to praise and encourage your kids and still be able to challenge them to be themselves and do more with life. It is good to know that kids need to feel appreciated and accepted the way they are, to know that they don’t have to do anything ‘special’ to be accepted. It also teaches the parents that just a little hug that says “you are special” may be all it takes to help a child build his own paradise in the world.