I was really impressed by the account shared by "Kieffer" about her
friend. This is a perfect example of how being inundated with social media - and
it's ability to keep giving you more of what you've seen before - can
be such a problem. Yet, it was also a perfect example of how good, face-to-face
friends can be a huge protection. They paid attention, they noticed a change,
and they called her on it. They helped her to avoid making an eating disorder a
permanent and dangerous thing. She was able to recognize the problem and correct
it.Good, real friends are SO important for teens! Far more important than
phones and social media. Both can exist, but it takes caution.
In the last year I have come to realize most teens and young adults should not
have a smartphone. If I was a parent with children approaching teendom, I would
get them "flip phones" only. Most of the platforms youth
seem to use have very limited positive value and really only have negative
applications.There is a serious problem when you see four youth
setting in a restaurant and all four are "plucking" on a smart phone.
Put the stupid thing away and enjoy each others company.
In response to Egyptian origins:Mormon teens are allowed to use social
media. President Nelson asked youth for a 7 day break period.In my opinion
Deseret news comments do not constitute a social media platform. Although it
"technically" could be viewed as one. President Nelson was
referring primarily to facebook, instagram and snapchat types of social
platforms. Hope this helps.
There are a lot of great Social Media videos that discuss this topic,
unfortunately no Mormon teen is allowed to view them now that they are in
Nelson's "Battalion". So, how are Mormon Youth going to follow
President Nelson and the LDS Church who are a dominant presence on Social
Media?Does the Deseret News Comments sections constitute a Social
Media platform?Hello, Hello, is there anyone using their phone?
After reading the article. Noticed 1 positive and 4 negatives. The only
positive is connecting to friends and families. Which should happen in normal
life anyway if you ask me.Negatives. Homework Distraction, False reality,
comparisons, bullying.So I don't see real purpose to social media
except the data they gather and make money. Social media companies should be
paying the users, not the users paying the company.
I don't think the phone is the issue, it's what the phone can do,
access social media and texting that presents the biggest issues or challenges.
Many teachers feel that students with cell phones are the banes of their
existence. They are distracting and in a lot of cases administrators won't
back up teachers trying to enforce electronic device policies. The problem,
from what I hear, has become especially problematic in the last 2-3 years. The
constant need for validation in social media whether it be snapchat, Instagram,
Twitter,Facebook or having a text immediately answered is also problematic.