There was an interesting article in the LA Times today on teens and social media. According to the article, there is a shift that is occurring in the way researchers are viewing the impact of social media on teens and children. Far from detrimental, the latest research is beginning to show that social media may actually be aiding in the psychological development of its young users.
In fact, children most likely to spend lots of time on social media sites are not the least well-adjusted but the healthiest psychologically, suggests an early, but accumulating, body of research.
The research is also questioning the very present fear adults have about online predators. Most teens are using social media to communicate with people they already know. The interaction with strangers is uncommon. In fact, many well balanced teens include their parents among their online friends, a practice educators should certainly endorse.
It’s an interesting article that presents a lot of important points for educators and parents. Read the full article here.