Social Media Critique

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A Critique of “Is Social Media Ruining Our Kids” by Sreedhar Potarazu The main vision of secure environment for teenagers has passed through various stages in the last decades. The inclusion of the technology as an inseparable part of our lives challenges the standards of this safe environment and makes it difficult or even impossible to guarantee the security of the children. In other words, the increasing role of social media poses a dangerous threat to the safety of adolescents both physically and psychologically by means of easy access to the activities that provoke a high level of stress, aggression, and diseases. Since the online performances of the kids are not observed by parents accurately, they are more susceptible…show more content…
Focusing on the psychological influences of the social media without any regards to physical harms to the health of the children limits the scope of the articles in terms of negative effects of social media. However, the paper includes a wide range of empirical studies about the online behavior of the children and potential solutions to the phenomenon, which elements make the article more convincing, credible, and informative to the reader. Overall, the article is aimed to increase the awareness of the negative influences of social media on the kids through various researches conducted in this field, and the target audience of the Potarazu is mostly the parents who are the only ones to blame for the condition. The writer contends that having tablets and smartphones makes it available to engage hazardous activities without even leaving their homes. He also adds that while some parents think that they can follow their children on Facebook, only 15 percent of the children report that they use Facebook. Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram are also preferred by the most adolescents, which creates even more challenging duty to…show more content…
According to the Potarazu, the institutions could play a pivotal role in the solution of this crucial matter. He adds that including special courses to the curriculum, providing counseling service about the social media in colleges, schools, and instructing students how to use social media safely and how to benefit from it, could significantly contribute to the solution. The idea is quite worthy to implement in the schools and colleges. As writer emphasizes, if we can teach our teens about safe sex or alcohol abuse, we can also try it in terms of social media. Moreover, due to limited knowledge of the parents on technology, they can hardly intervene the online activities of their kids and they feel a desperate need for some experts to instruct their children about the safe utilization of social media, and observe their online behaviors. This solution will make sure parents that their children know the way how to use it in a secured way. Thus, Potarazu’s propose that adding such courses to the curriculum is a pragmatic approach in order to address the
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