With limited interaction prohibited during the lockdown children turn to social media to keep in touch with their friends. The current restriction on movement can have a detrimental impact on people’s mental health. Thus, social network platforms have become increasingly important in helping children to be socially connected.
Hobbies and interests have also moved to virtual events where possible. Many children actively play multiplayer video games or trying exercise classes online. These are then being shared on social media.
With the rise of social media platforms like TikTok many young users are sharing creativity on the platform. It is natural to expect that the number of contents that would be shared online would increase during the lockdown.
While social media can be a useful tool for keeping people united, it can also have negative effects on children, depending on the content they are exposed to. Hence, parents should always check in with their children and get to know how they are feeling. Even more so now during the lockdown.
Also, as young users share more content online, it is important to not forget that this will shape their online identity. It is always good practice to be wary of everything that is being posted online. Share positivity. For example, many children are using their time during lockdown to fundraise for a cause they believe in.
While social media can be a crucial lifeline during the pandemic, it is still recommended to have moderate digital consumption. Following the guidelines try to encourage children to at least spend a certain amount of time doing outdoor activities. For younger children encourage exciting Zoom sessions with their friends. Also, avoid using screen time before bedtime and be intentional with the content that they watch online.