Most teens (and many tweens) in the US actively use a variety of social media platforms daily – starting, but not ending with Facebook. Keeping up with new social media options is challenging! We encourage parents to stay tuned into the social media world and try to understand the scope of their kids’ online presence – while still respecting the importance of privacy.
Logically, social media appeals to teens, offering opportunities for creativity, strengthening identity, and staying connected to friends. Research shows that social media allows exposure to new ideas and knowledge. Teens may collaborate on projects through social media platforms. As well, it may provide social contact and support – this may especially benefit those feeling marginalized or lonely, for example LGBTQI youth. Social media can also be a source of health promotion messages for teens. (more…)