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Thursday, August 11, 2022

HOW PARENTS CAN MAKE SOCIAL MEDIA HAVE POSITIVE EFFECTS ON THEIR CHILDREN MENTAL HEALTH

 

Introduction

 

In our last post, we discussed the negative effects social media have on your children's mental health.

 

Well, we would like to let you know that there are two sides to a coin. Social media can also have positive effects on your ward's mental health.

 

The following highlighted can help parents make social media have a positive impact on their children through deliberate efforts:

 

1. Make Your Children Feel More Confident

 

Keep an open door policy with your child if they are experiencing low self-esteem as a result of social media or peer pressure. Let them know that they are welcome to talk to you about anything at any time, and if they do, don't become irritated if they share something distressing with you. 

 

By berating/ scolding your child over a mistake they committed, you will simply drive them further away and increase the likelihood that they will conceal information the next time.

 

If they do approach you carrying anything heavy, try to avoid passing judgment and instead try to understand by asking questions. 

 

Ask open-ended inquiries, such as, "Can you explain why you sent that SMS to me more clearly? I'm not sure I understand." or "Can you please explain why you used those terms?

 

 I don't appreciate you using those kinds of language." Supporting someone in a trying position doesn't need you to agree with what they did.

 

Additionally, do your best to encourage your children with particular compliments. 

Pay attention to what they do. Say, "I can see you took the trash out without asking you to do so, thank you very much, you helped  me out,"  or "I see you've been working so hard on your math exam; I'm impressed with your commitment to your academics."

 

Even while it may seem impossible to find positive words, the little things build up, even if your child seems to be able to push all of your buttons at once.

 

I appreciate you washing your hands and coming to the dinner table when I requested; it's a pleasure to eat with you. All these would build up your children's confidence and never rely much on social media compliments. 

 

2. Assist Children in Sleeping Better

 

Establishing screen time limitations, especially before night, is the simplest thing you can do. Even while it could be difficult at first, especially if your children have a TV and computer in their room, adhere to the plan, and after a week or two, you will start to encounter less and less resistance.

 

If you've never established screen time restrictions in your home, start by holding a family meeting to go over the new rule. 

 

Make it obvious to your children that it will occur and that it is unassailable, but also be open to their questions and worries.

 

A soothing activity should be substituted for screen time for good sleep hygiene. Maybe your kid spends an hour reading, painting, or playing quietly with LEGOs. 

 

When it's time to take a bath, you could play a game, read aloud, or do any of these things.

 

If necessary, set a timer to turn off the Wi-Fi in your house so that even if they attempted, they couldn't connect. Additionally, you can gather all phones and gadgets in one location and secure them with a key.

 

You must serve as a role model for your kids. Don't warn kids "no gadgets," for instance, and then watch TV when you leave them alone. Yes, you get to set the rules as an adult, but a good leader sets an example. Additionally, once they are asleep, you may always watch your favorite show. That sounds good, I presume!

 

3. Encourage Children's Independence

 

There are some ways parents can use screen time as a beneficial and fruitful learning experience. 

 

Not all screen time is bad. For instance, making screen time active rather than passive can engage a child's brain and help them gain the critical thinking abilities that passive media hinders.

 

As a group, watch television. Asking questions while the TV is off will encourage thinking.

 

Discuss the story, characters, conflict, and resolution following the film.

 

Perform puppet performances or stories based on their favorite television shows and movies.

 

Use their preferred television to pique their curiosity.

 

Take them to a museum to see dinosaur skeletons if they enjoy watching dinosaur shows.

 

Enroll them in a dancing or music lesson if they enjoy music.

 

Try to find software and games that promote critical thinking and problem-solving.

 

A list of kid-friendly TV shows, movies, games, and applications is available from Common Sense Media.

 

Recognize that social media use by teens is acceptable and that technology will not go away. Teenagers can interact with peers and learn more about themselves through their social media profiles.

 

Discuss with your child acceptable and inappropriate internet activity, including what they should and should not view, do, publish, and say.

 

Educate your youngster or adolescent about the permanence of the internet. Their online footprint will contain anything they post.

 

Join your child's social media so you can see their posts when necessary, but refrain from using it as a spying tool.

 

Install a monitoring program that won't invade your teen's privacy but will let you know if anything suspicious happens.

 

4. Aid children in overcoming (FOMO) fear of missing out

 

It's crucial to teach your youngster that real life is not as picture-perfect as it appears on social media. Ask them to think about the content they post and share.

 

Since many people prefer to highlight their positive qualities while hiding their flaws, it is likely that all of their peers also have negative experiences—they are just not shared with the public.

 

 Ask your youngster to consider all the wonderful things in their lives. They can start a gratitude notebook if they are old enough.

 

Talk openly with your child about their wellness and any effects that social media may have on them. Talk about how important it is to occasionally take a break. 

 

Get them outside and away from their devices. Teens' emotional and physical health depends on being outside and moving around, which can reduce the negative effects of social media.

 

5. Encourage kids to exercise more

 

By being active yourself, you can motivate your youngster to do the same. You may go to the gym or an exercise class together, host a dance party, or go on walks, for example. Enroll your child in a season or a few classes if they have an interest in a particular sport or hobby.

 

Set screen time limits for your kids to motivate them to move more. Even if kids decide to doodle or construct LEGO structures in their free time, they are actively developing cognitive skills, which also fight depression and other negative screen-related ideas.

 

Utilize screen time as a sport numerous dance and yoga fitness videos are available online, and several games promote movement and dancing. Take part in enjoyable physical activities with your children to show them the importance of maintaining good physical health.

 

In Conclusions 

 

The above highlighted and discussed are practical ways of helping your child or children to make positive use of social media without being negatively affected 

 

Please don't just read this, be enjoined to apply all these regularly, with time you will begin to see the impacts.

 

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