What’s the Impact of Social Media on Kids?

Parenting Magazine reports that “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released findings from a comprehensive study on the impact social media has on kids and families. Although there are real benefits to kids using sites like Facebook, including increased communication, access to information and help in developing a sense of self, there can be serious downsides to all this online sharing too.”

And “you don’t need to know the ins and outs of all the apps and sites that are ‘hot’ right now (and frankly, if you did, they wouldn’t be trendy anymore),” according to Common Sense Media. “But knowing the basics — what they are, why they’re popular, and what problems can crop up when they’re not used responsibly — can make the difference between a positive and a negative experience for your kid.”

Also check out this handy guide to the platforms that children are using most.
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