The Impact of Social Media on Children

The Impact of Social Media on Children

Tuncay Dilci (Cumhuriyet University, Turkey) and Anıl Kadir Eranıl (Karacaşar Primary School, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5733-3.ch001
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This chapter examines the impacts of social media on children. Advantages and disadvantages of social media are always available. Positive aspects of social media include allowing children to be brought up as multicultural individuals, enabling education and training environments to design for purposes, using as the main or supplementary source of education, a great power in creating and sharing information. Its negative aspects include leading to a reduction of their academic, social, and cognitive skills in the early periods when children were exposed to the social media, causing the children to develop obesity, mostly bringing up as consumption-centered individuals, perceive the world as a screenshot, and have low critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills. Therefore, one of the most important tasks undertaken to reduce or eliminate the negative effects is to raise and educate media-literate individuals.
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Social media undoubtedly ranks first when considered how people spend their time today. People always carry small-sized technological devices, especially smart phones, that provide practical use for and solution to them. These tools have today become his organ like human being’s arm, leg, feet. Human being did not know any of these tools fifteen to twenty years ago, but now these increasingly globalized tools have become an indispensable part of our lives. Some commonly used social applications are blog blogging, gaming, video and picture-sharing, iPods, iPhones, iPads, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Many of us have known the name of few or all of these off by heart. So to say, their names were imprinted on our memories. Well, are these applications that have come into our life changing our life too? In other words, what kind of changes are they causing in our lives? The answer of this questions undoubtedly yes. We should allow them to use these applications in a controlled manner when considered that they would mostly influence our children. This research focuses mainly on impacts of social media applications on the children and addresses how the likely consequences of these impacts will interpret.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Media: Communication, information, and entertainment sharing and e-learning environment.

Impact of Social Media on Children: The impact of communication, information, and entertainment sharing and e-learning environment on children.

Power of Social Media in Education: Use of communication, information, and entertainment sharing and e-learning environment for educational purposes.

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