Most parents have concerns about their kid’s social media usage, but they shouldn’t worry about their brain cells frying. Under the hoodー kids are using social to better themselves.
Social media is this generation’s social currency
Parents always complain about their kid’s way of socializing. When kids DM their friends, parents tell them to use the phone. When girls used the phone to talk their boyfriends for hours, parents moaned about the sentiment of a handwritten letter. When the pen and paper came around, parents probably complained about that too.
Social media is this generation’s main form of communication. According to a report on digital media:
“Spending time online is essential for young people to pick up the social and technical skills they need to be competent citizens in the digital age. Kids are learning basic social and technical skills to fully participate in modern society.”
Just because kids are primarily socializing through a screen doesn’t mean they’re turning into robots ー it’s the opposite. Here are a few facts:
- Kids who use social media are more sympathetic to other people.
- Social networking enhances existing friendships and the quality of relationships.
- Teens and kids are enhancing their creativity through development and sharing of artistic and musical endeavors.
- Teens are less lonely.
Meet the next generation
Here are two phenomenal girls taking Instagram by storm.
Addy – 8 years old
Addy is an eight-year-old powerlifter. Her Instagram, addybirdlifts, revolves around her workout routines. She can squat, deadlift, and press ー all while making entertaining videos.
And according to her parents no, lifting will not stunt Addy’s growth. “…when taught correct technique and under supervision of an experienced lifter that it is safe and beneficial for kids to lift. Teaching them good technique is the most important thing, so they don’t get hurt and see results from their hard work.”
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Hannah – 16 years old
You don’t need to look hard for kids utilizing social for good either. Hannah, other wise known as hannahlaurenmua, is one of my best friends and she’s an inspiration to every girl she comes in contact with online and off.
When asked about why she uses Instagram, “I started my account in 2015, because I wanted to showcase my makeup looks, but I also wanted to leave a positive impact on other girls. If you like that girl’s winged liner, comment on the picture and tell her you like her winged liner! It’s not hard to be nice; we need to lift each other up.”
Her aspiration is to be a makeup artist for a Broadway show, or for a fashion show during New York fashion week.
Social media is the future
Parents can choose to be optimistic or pessimistic when it comes to social media, but there’s no denying Generation Z kids are productive, social, creative, and living their best lives.