Excessive or inappropriate social media use can have serious consequences.
Sometimes it seems there’s another distressing headline about social media every time you check your news feed. Most troubling of all for today’s parents are studies that link social media use with depression.
Research has found that for every 10% increase in negativity on social media, the risk of depression among children rises 20%.
Social media can be a great way for kids to connect. But it may also expose them to serious risks:
But whether parents like it or not, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and the like have become central to the way teens live their lives, form relationships and learn about the world. Recent figures show that 70% of teens use social media more than once a day - and a fair number do so almost constantly.
And younger kids are increasingly attracted to these platforms as well - despite 13+ age restrictions.
You may be asking yourself, Is it really worth taking a stand on this issue - especially when so many other families have acquiesced? The research says YES.
There’s a time and a place for social media in the lives of our children. We empower parents to enforce healthy, balanced social media habits.
For younger children (aged 12 and under), Family Zone blocks social media by default. This reflects the age restrictions imposed by Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other social platforms. (Parents who choose to relax this setting are free to do so.)
For older children, individual social platforms can be blocked, allowed or restricted according to time of day (study time, for example), day of week (allowed on weekends but not schooldays) or school calendar (holiday access).
Many parents are comfortable allowing their children to use Facebook, provided accounts are set to the highest privacy levels, but may not be happy about Instagram or Snapchat. Family Zone’s individual social media controls allow parents to make decisions like these with ease.
All social media is blocked by default during the sleep time you set, ensuring children get the uninterrupted rest they need.
- Kevin Hobson, Australia
“You guys deserve medals! We have got our son back from a downward spiral. My son is actually doing his homework now. We can’t thank you enough, this is what technology should be used for - to benefit the entire family. A truly amazing transformation. You have my complete admiration.”