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Editorial: Social Media- A Dangerous Place For Kids And Tweens

Andie Kephart
Media madness! Nowadays, kids are on social media just as much as adults. Instagram, Snapchat and Tiktok were the main apps that tweens chose to engage in.

Kids from ages as young as eight-years-old are now being given access to social media and are being given access to smartphones.


Too many young kids and tweens have social media right in their pockets, which is detrimental to their minds.


There is an epidemic of bullying, but more specifically cyber bullying. According, “Nearly 42 percent of kids have been bullied online and almost one in four have had it happen more than once.” The ages between 8-12 are developmental years for children. Their confidence and self-worth are forming. Now, if grown adults can barely handle the critique of social media, then kids should not have to either.


Something that’s just as concerning about social media is the content these children are being exposed to when using these platforms. When you’re scrolling on TikTok or Instagram reels, it doesn’t even take five minutes until you are seeing videos that most would deem inappropriate for young viewers. Even on websites like Youtube Kids, which is specifically made for children, unsuitable content still slips through.


On social media there are many types of challenges that users partake in. Most times these are harmless, but that’s not always the case. In 2019, there was a viral challenge that was called the ,“Momo Challenge.” This trend purported videos of a creepy creature named Momo, who instructed kids on how to harm themselves or their family. Even though the extent of injuries from this is highly speculated, it’s commonly believed that no substantial number of people were injured. Not all internet challenges end up this harmless though, which is why it’s important that these children, who are mostly naive, are limited to their internet access.


There are many people that argue the fact that social media is beneficial for young minds because you can have so much information that would otherwise take forever to research in books. This is true, you can access an incomprehensible amount of knowledge from online sites, but that’s also the reason why it’s social media’s biggest drawback. It’s incredibly hard to filter all the content that circulates social media, so it’s highly likely that false information can be spread like wildfire.


The quickest and most effective solution to stop this online pandemic from spreading to children is just to have them log off from social media and have them go watch their Bluey© and Mickey Mouse© instead. They should not be on social media at all, let alone spending their precious youth scrolling through the endless mind-addicting cage that is the Internet.


This change will not be an easy one, but it’s dire that this phone addicted generation of tweens is stopped before something even more truly terrible happens.

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Andie Kephart
Andie Kephart, Reporter
Hey! My name is Andie Kephart, and I'm an eighth grader and reporter for Livewire. I really enjoy writing, reporting and photography. I'm very excited to be a part of the Livewire staff. Outside of school, I enjoy doing competitive weightlifting, painting and spending time with my friends. I have been lifting for 3 years now and have competed in many national competitions  all across  the U.S.  My favorite quote that I hear coaches and teachers say is, “Give 110% in all that you do.” I try to apply this to my life in the things that I do. My future plans are to go to Penn State University and become a physical therapist.

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    Ronan ChirdonMay 6, 2024 at 9:29 am

    The momo challenge a hoax, It basically is just a horror story at this point. I never believed it personally

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    BradenMay 3, 2024 at 10:50 am

    The momo challenge was a hoax.

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    McKenna KoeckMay 2, 2024 at 11:07 am

    I think that 8 is way too young for social media. I think 13 is a good age for social media. If someone young has social media, I think they should have a private account and have content restrictions so that they don’t see innapropriate or harmful content. As long as those things are put into place, I think it’s okay for teens and tweens to have social media.