Social media may be better for your teen than you thought

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  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:45 a.m.

    Rubydo - Provo, UT
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    Social media is social engineering designed to get people to conform through political correctness and public shaming when someone steps out of line. Social media isn’t for people who question authority or for those who criticize the protected elites in power and is geared more towards those in the collective hive mind that think alike where individuality and critical thinking are shunned.
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    This is nonsense. I can point to any number of religious groups which require that members think in 'hive mind', perhaps even Bee Hive terms, which subdue critical thinking, require conforming conduct, and do not permit much in the way of questioning authority.

    In fact the online social media allows for individuals to find many alternatives to their current social setting, which of course is the real danger of social media, youths may find that the answers given by their religious or social group of birth, have alternatives, and they may find those alternatives more fitting for their life than than that of their parents.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:22 a.m.

    The first two paragraphs should be red flags for any caring parent. Regardless of internet content, anything that gets our children (and plenty of adults) addicted is a bad thing. Repeat "bad".

  • Rubydo Provo, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:52 a.m.

    Social media is social engineering designed to get people to conform through political correctness and public shaming when someone steps out of line. Social media isn’t for people who question authority or for those who criticize the protected elites in power and is geared more towards those in the collective hive mind that think alike where individuality and critical thinking are shunned.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:09 a.m.

    I created a Prodigy account for my daughter at the time age 13-14. We talked about how to deal with 'things online', in an adult way. When the Internet became readily available we moved her activities there.

    This and other experiences, along with a college education, allowed her to obtain employment at 2 times my highest salary, for her first post college job.

    Online social media is like any other social context humans develop, and requires parents to be involved with their children in navigating such social settings.

    I'm very critical of parents and organizations which seem to advocate some sort of 'government' involvement in such activities, or parents who seem to think that some how The Corporation is supposed to 'take care of their kids'.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:02 a.m.

    Going to take a lot more to convince me. Alcohol increases confidence too. Doesn't mean it should be used. Drugs make you feel good. Doesn't mean they should be used. Teens can get confidence and self esteem from healthier sources than social media. I've never thought there were no pros; the cons just far outweigh them.

  • Aggielove Caldwell, ID
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Social media is killing our kids. I won’t buy any other story. Period!

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:38 a.m.

    They have a life, it's just different than yours/ours. Not sure all of this is all that good (or bad) but I suppose it is what it is.

  • Impartial8 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:29 a.m.

    The rise in teen suicides probably has everything to do with social media.

  • Max Upstate, NY
    Sept. 12, 2018 3:53 a.m.

    This reminds me of two drunks helping each other across the street and convincing each other that they don't have a drinking problem.

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    Sept. 11, 2018 10:59 p.m.

    More TV, more Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter, and FakeBook. People need to get a life.