The Power of (Social) Media

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

When is the last time you checked out what your teenager was looking at on social media? If it’s been awhile you should think about logging into facebook to see what they see. New research has shown that photos on social media can actually make teens smoke and drink more.

Apparently, the peer influence parents have always feared, is working online now, through social media. It isn’t that direct pressure of someone asking a teen to drink, it is seeing that other kids are doing it. The study done shows that it is not the number of friends that a teen has on a social media site that influence behavior, but the photos they post of what they are doing. If teens see photos of their peers drinking and smoking, they are more likely to as well. The study points out that 95% of 12-17 year olds in the US access the internet every day.

So what to do? Make sure you as a parent are communicating and paying attention to what your teens are doing! Have conversations about alcohol. and have conversations about what your teenagers are posting online because risky behaviors posted online are a bad idea for so many reasons.

Read more about the study here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2409671/Is-Facebook-bad-childs-health-Teenagers-likely-smoke-drink-pictures-friends-partying-site.html

 

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