Virtual Childhood Could Make for a Difficult one?

Topic 5: Social media is ruining childhood.

Fasiha TahaJennifer Owens
Gunpreesh KaurShivali
Dami OgundipeMike Gerrior

My initial thoughts are that social media is not ruining childhood. I have found myself swaying on this several times throughout the years. There is an unfair weight on negative social media and the impact it has had on students growing up. I may be in the minority by thinking that parents have a role to help guide their kids through the digital citizenship piece. Social media do have age warnings and are not there to overstep. They are there to protect our young people as they are navigating life. I know that it is easy to bypass however I do not think social media is doing more damage than Cosmopolitan/Men’s Health magazines plastered on the grocery store cash registers when we were little kids, distorting our expectations of the female and male bodies were. Also, with big, bold letters around “Best Sex Tips to Blow his mind!” Playing more into a gender-specific role for females, as Devin brought up.

Go online to stay in contact with in-person
This helps relationships to stay contacted. I have several family members in Alberta and Ontario. Social media helps me to feel connected to them and their lives. Also, when I was in a long distance relationship we relied on social media to feel connected.

“Under represented and creating online community: Imagine feeling alone and being able to connect online

Eliminate stigma, connect with others, get help

Redefine learning:
Access a wealth of knowledge at anytime from anywhere. This helps students to take command of their own learning and also expand on their own interests.

Boundaries need to be taught and not just by educators but parents as well. Social media as with anything in life has many pros, but comes with cons as well.

Magazines and shows created these ideals of the perfect body well before social media. Due to social media, there has been more of a push for differences to be celebrated. In the last few years, we have seen plus-sized models becoming more popular, and we just recently saw the first model with Down Syndrome pose for Victoria’s Secret. This is one of the ways we see social media celebrating differences. Another thing that we see is that many of the front page models also post everyday photos of themselves on their social media not to create fake expectations for young women and help with body positivity.
In the end, I do not think social media is ruining childhood in the present day. I do believe that some trickier issues need to be navigated appropriately. There is this fear of technology, so the conversations are not very open. I believe social media is a great way to connect with others with similar interests. However, when children are doing this, I would like the conversation to stay open, so they feel they have support if things go wrong.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this and I will be interested to read your thoughts in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Virtual Childhood Could Make for a Difficult one?

  1. Great post, as always. I don’t think technology is ruining childhood… but I am sure previous generations thought TV and video games were ruining our childhood, but in reality, they really supplemented and gave us another thing to do. Parents need to be on top of parenting those key skills that sitting on a phone all day and all night is not healthy, they can have access but should not be attached to devices all the time!
    Thanks again for a great post! Almost there!!!


  2. Thank you for great post . I agree with you that social media is running media is the best way to connect with others and I too agree that both parents and teachers have responsibility to set boundaries so children do not spend a lot of time on social media.


  3. Thanks for your post! This may not come as a surprise, but I agree with all of you points 🙂
    I think one of your final posts about ensuring that we maintain open conversations is so important. If we fear social media, avoid it or ban it, we aren’t really preventing our children from being exposed to it, we’re just ensuring that they won’t come to us to talk about it or ask for guidance. I read that one of the reasons children don’t report cyberbullying to adults is that they feel like adults won’t understand or know what to do. The more we use social media alongside them, the more confidence they’ll have in us to offer guidance and help.


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