Kids: It’s a little different for parents in social media today
Posted On July 4, 2021
Children are still the most socially active group of parents, according to a new study by the University of British Columbia, which has found that the social influence of a child’s peers is actually decreasing over time.
The researchers found that children are now more likely to report experiencing social exclusion, as opposed to being told to be nice or not mean to others, as a result of social media.
“It is not a coincidence that children’s social exposure has declined in recent years,” the study authors write.
“The decline in social contact over the last few decades has been largely due to technological changes that have eliminated the ability for children to interact with their peers in the real world.”
For the study, published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, researchers used a web survey to collect data on 1,731 parents of kindergarteners in the U.S. They surveyed about 300 children who participated in the 2014 National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which has tracked the development of young people’s social skills over the past several decades.
A key finding of the study was that parents of younger children have less social contact with their children than do parents of older children.
This may be due to social norms that parents might find problematic.
The study also found that parents’ use of social networking sites is increasing, but not significantly.
This could be due, in part, to increased awareness of online safety.
“Parents are now better equipped to respond to concerns from children about social media,” the authors write, adding that it’s possible that they are now taking more precautions to keep their kids safe.
“However, there is still much to learn about the effects of social network use on social skills.”
The study has a lot of limitations, including the fact that it was conducted in 2014, meaning the results might be a little dated.
Still, it’s a very interesting look at the social impact of the Internet, and the potential impact it could have on the lives of children and teens.
“There’s so much that we know about how to help young people navigate the social world, but what happens when they reach adulthood and social networking begins to take over their lives?
Are we going to lose those skills that are necessary for success in school and at work?
Or are we going get to a point where we’re going to be social isolation and we’re not going to know who we are?” says Jodie Stokes, an associate professor of communication at UBC and the study’s lead author.
We need to understand more about how that affects the children’s well-being, and I think that’s what is really exciting about this.””
We’re just starting to understand how they’re affecting kids and adults.
We need to understand more about how that affects the children’s well-being, and I think that’s what is really exciting about this.”