I came across this article on Saturday the 10th of March.
It reminded of how quickly teenagers have grown up these days. When you’re out and about, you can see teens who look older than you. It’s as if they’re growing up at a high speed. Obviously, growth is envitable, but they seem to be shooting from childhood straight to adulthood.
The increased access to the internet and technology has made this circumstance possible. For example, kids from a young age are introduced to mobile devices, which are used for entertainment purposes. It follows through the years as they grow, then they’re able to receive their first phone. iPhones are a brand heavily used in today’s society. Everywhere, you are most likely to see someone despite their age using one. Understandably, we have moved with the times.
However, as someone who grew up in early 2000s, it is strange to see how outdoor childhood play has been replaced with technological play. From a personal observation, it is less likely to see children playing out. Maybe this is due to parents feeling their kids are not as safe as it once was to let your kids play outside. Instead, they provide play time via iPads, mobile phones or any other electronic device. It raises the question – whether this form of play it is better or not? Well that would be up for discussion.
Social media is a integrative part of current society. Most likely, you own at least one account on a networking site. Either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (the popular three main ones). The history as I remember it, started with Facebook first, then Twitter came afterwards; slowly followed by Instagram. These apps and sites can be a good platform when being used for positive changes, business purposes or harmless fun. Especially Twitter, which is great for allowing you to express your thoughts (What’s on your mind?”). The line is drawn when it is used to cause malicious harm or upset to an individual or group. It is easy for people to type something from behind a screen and not face the consequences of their actions.
When I saw the article above, it got me thinking in ways how kids use social media. It stated their time on there should be limited. I agree, because they should be able to grow up not affected by it. Kids are similar to sponges, they take in everything in their environment. They can get influenced by the content, disregarding the fact if it’s healthy or detrimental. Certain aspects may cause them to see lifestyles that doesn’t exist in reality, left feeling obliged to follow and do the same. One way this is damaging is parents could potentially be forced to pay (unless they have a job) for the constantly-changing needs and demands of the child. As, they want to keep up with everyone around them. This can be done subconsciously or giving into peer pressure. Peer pressure become another issue, when they are older enough to understand information and form friendship groups.
The concept of article was the push for changes in how kids’ times are managed online. It’s suggested time management of the internet will help improve the mental well-being. As limiting their activity will help balance out the extent in which they feed into the information. This will also allow them to remain present in their lives, taking the focus of what they don’t have to what they do have. The idea to put laws in place to make the concept concrete, may shake up the way kids are made to deal and become accustom to change in their current daily routines.
- Will it be more challenging for kids to find other ways to fill their leisure time?
- If the government plans do succeed to go accordingly, do you think this will make a difference in their lives?
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