In today’s world, having a social presence is a requirement. People are constantly devoting time on social media platforms for pleasure in this digital age. Teenagers and children alike have also drawn to the new social networking programme. We can easily find minors accounts on social media sites, and they are also functioning as influencers, despite having strict age guidelines. According to a recent Forbes India survey, 42.9 percent of youngsters between the ages of 8 and 13 have access to social media. Instagram has 45.5 percent of children aged 8 to 18, Facebook has 36.8%, WhatsApp has 09.1 percent, Twitter has 2.4 percent, and Snapchat has 2.2 percent of children aged 8 to 18.
The real age restriction for establishing a social media presence is 13 years or older. However, it was observed that 37.8% of ten-year-old children had a Facebook account and 24.3 percent of ten-year-old children have an Instagram account among the children questioned. There is a compelling justification for imposing these age restrictions on social media networks. Social media platforms host and disseminate a wide range of content, most of which is inappropriate or harmful to children. They might range from violent or obscene content to incidents of internet harassment and kid bullying. As a result, effective monitoring and strictly enforcement are necessary in this area. However, it is now disregarded.
According to the poll, 78.9% of youngsters use cellphones for 0-2 hours per day, 15.8% use smartphones for 2-4 hours per day, and 5.3 percent use smartphones for more than 4 hours per day. This will undoubtedly make it easier for youngsters to interact with smart phone material. But has anyone considered how much it affects the children’s lives? According to the poll, 32.7 percent of children always have low focus owing to smart phone use, whereas 13.8 percent of children never have low concentration due to smart phone use.
The AIIMS Behavioral Addiction Clinic’s experts focusing on early diagnosis and prevention of internet addiction say that parents’ monitoring of their children is crucial. “To ensure a reduction in screen usage, parents must offer other life skills to their children,” according to an AIIMS research.
It is clear that a significant number of youngsters are suffering as a result of their excessive usage of cellphones. and they didn’t have a lot of awareness at this stage. As a result, it is the responsibility of parents or guardians to not allow their children to use the phone for an extended period of time. Also, because the creative mind of children has its own creativity, it is our responsibility as guardians to assist their creativity in shining.
PC- Kashmir observer