The Upside of Selfies

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I read an article where parents and children talked about the positive impacts of social media.  One mother spoke about her daughters Instagram.

Eileen Masio, a mom of two in New York, monitors her daughter Amelia’s Instagram account 24/7. Yes, most of the posts are “selfies,” but it’s the comments that make her think there is also a positive to this nonstop engagement.

“When they post selfies, all the comments I usually see are ‘You’re beautiful,’ ‘You’re so pretty,’ ‘Oh my God, gorgeous,'” said Masio.

The nonprofit child advocacy group Common Sense Media conducted a study that came back with some positive results.

One in five teens said social media makes them feel more confident.

In the survey of more than 1,000 13- to 17-year-olds about how they view their digital lives, 28% said social networking made them feel more outgoing.

I am around teenagers all day long and I see the positives and negatives of social media.  There are those kids who post pictures on Instagram and get a ton of likes and positive comments.  I know a child who connected with other kids her age over social media from a neighboring school and has built great friendships because of it.  Now she spends time with those kids in person.

I have also had kids on twitter during my class, because they cannot miss the latest twitter fight going on between their classmates.  I have seen kids subtweet each other and say negative comments.

I think just like everything, there is a good side and a bad side to social media.  In the end I believe it is up the parents to teach their children how to use social media appropriately and how to respond when other children are not.

To read the full article please view The Upside of Selfies.

-Michelle Carpenter

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