Say it to my face, not a screen.

Media affects social skills and the ability to communicate.

Introduction

Many parents are not aware of the horror their children go through when they look through a screen. Media causes many emotional, physical, and psychological problems in teens. Over 25% of teens are bullied every single time they look on their phone, via text and social media. Over half of these teens being bullied, do not tell their parents. 60% of teens bullied online cause self harm and even suicide. Teens at school are afraid to sit with friends or walk in hallways masses school see what occurs on social media. Social media makes teens afraid to be themselves, which the purpose was just the opposite. Media affects social skills and the ability to communicate.

Problems with the Media

Straight from school, teens go home and communicate through a screen until they go to sleep, then they wake up and do it all over again. It is not that social media is 100% bad, but the abuse teens have on it, is. Our older generations did not have cellular devices, so they did not have this issue. These teens are forgetting what it means to communicate. When they hang out with their friends, they sit in a circle and play on our phones; or when they go on a first date, how are they going to know how to act when all we do is text and facetime? When these teens are forced to interact face to face, they are going to be an awkward mess, with no social skills nor the ability to communicate. According to World Book, text messaging changed the way people communicate. This is a real world issue and is only going to get worse as technology gets better. A solution needs to be found, and it needs to be found fast.

Solutions

There needs to be a solution to this worldwide dilemma, quickly. There should be prohibited use to teens using social medias. If teens are monitored constantly, parents or adults will be able to find the source of the bullying and can put a stop to it. Teens should also go out more and communicate to actual people, not communicating through a screen all day. Most teens may use social media as their only form of communication. If teens have more face to face confrontations, then meeting new people and talking online will be more powerful and meaningful. The point of social media was to share some things online with a select number of people, but teens abuse it and show their whole life on social media, which is also dangerous. Teens should be limited to what they can say, like social medias using filters for comments users can make.

Conclusion

Social media has ruled our generation, and most likely will for the next few. In order to keep our children and grandchildren from the dangerous effects of cyberbullying, we need to make social media a safe environment, like it was first intended. Cyberbullying has taken great tolls on this generation and will have long lasting effects. Social media lacks user privacy, so if teens distance themselves from social media and use face to face confrontations instead of using their phones, privacy will not be much of a problem. (Hanson) The affects of social media can be cushioned by teens communicating in real life not on their phones. Social media has ruined all our parents and generations before have taught us, including confronting people and meeting or being considerate to others. Social media was created as a new way to communicate to others without calling or emailing. It has escalated to the point of bullying, and now is the only form of communications throughout the teens all throughout the world.

Works Cited

Hanson, Jarice. "Text messaging." World Book Student. World Book, 2015. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.


Hanson, Jarice. "Social networking website." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2015. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.