Psychological Effects

 What are the Psychological Effects of Social Media on Kids and Teens?


"Social media is here to stay, parents and teachers must protect children from negative effects and lead them to positive ones."

Parent involvement is crucial for the safety of children’s use of technology with school and without school. Parents can help with cyber bullying and other negative effects to help their child use social media effectively with their peers and in school. With parent’s help social media can be good for students to connect with each other socially, good for collaborating on work and self expression.



How teens say social media has affected their relationship with their peers.


 To see an infographic covering teacher and parental concerns regarding social media click here.  

  The current widespread belief is that media and technology can and does hurt children's and teen's attention span. About 42% of Americans today agree with the idea that by 2020 young technology users will be easily distracted, struggle with deep thinking, critical thinking skills and demand instant gradification. 


Below is a list of negative effects of social media and networking discussed during a plenary talk titled, "Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids".


  • Teens who use Facebook more often show more narcissistic tendencies while young adults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies.  

  • Daily overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of all children, preteens and teenagers by making them more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders, as well as by making them more susceptible to future health problems.

  • Facebook can be distracting and can negatively impact learning. Studies found that middle school, high school and college students who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period achieved lower grades. Rosen said new research has also found positive influences linked to social networking, including:

  • Young adults who spend more time on Facebook are better at showing “virtual empathy” to their online friends.

  • Online social networking can help introverted adolescents learn how to socialize behind the safety of various screens, ranging from a two-inch smartphone to a 17-inch laptop.

  • Social networking can provide tools for teaching in compelling ways that engage young students.


Social networking can help students connect with others in a healthy way and also help those who are shy become more likely to share their ideas. It can also be used as a teaching tool to reach out and engage students. However, if precautions are not made social networks have their negative effects as well, including showing narcissistic tendencies, lack of empathy, increased aggression and depression.

CNN reported that studies show social media usage can negatively impact the grades of middle school, high school, and college level students, and over usage can even effect the health and well-being of individuals

Imporant Note: Parents should not be secretly monitoring their child’s social media activity but rather talking to their child about safe usage. This to me sounds like the sex talk we get and bring up a good point how to work with your child instead of spying on them, creating a layer of untrustworthiness.


"Social media is here to stay, parents and teachers must protect children from negative effects and lead them to positive ones. "