With the advances in technology, the internet and social media are at our children’s fingertips. In fact, teenagers spend nearly nine hours per day consuming media and tweens spend close to six hours per day, according to an article by the Washington Post.
Social media provides the opportunities to make new friends, stay in touch with old friends and abreast on current events. On the other hand, research has shown that increased time spent on a cell phone, tablet or computer contribute to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts among teenagers, especially girls, according to the Journal Clinical Psychological Science. And with the recent stories of children dying by suicide such as Ashwanty Davis and Imani McCray (8) and its connection to cyber-bullying and/or social media, parents and guardians are looking for ways to keep their children safe.