Complete Guide To The Benefits (& Risks) Of Every Popular Social Media Site

A Complete Guide To The Benefits (& Risks) Of Every Popular Social Media Site
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This is the year 2022, and while this means many things, it also means that almost everyone is on social media. Technology has taken over the world, and while it has led to some great advancements in education and medicine, it has also opened up doors to opportunities for a lot of people.

Moms have been able to connect online with other moms and get that connection that they may have been longing for. They can also log on to search for advice if they are struggling with something. While this can be great and helpful, it can also have negative aspects to it. Things like misinformation and mom shaming run rampant on social media, and moms have to be wary of what they encounter.

However, the growth in social media also means that children and youth are flocking online. They use it to play games, watch viral videos, and even try their hand at going viral as well. While parents understand that their children are growing up in an age where devices and the internet are important, they are also wary about the consequences of their children going online. In order to look at this a bit closer, we wanted to look at every popular social media site, and figure out what the benefits and drawbacks are for mom and her children.

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Facebook For Moms

According to A Plus Topper, Facebook is one of the original social media platforms, and there are a lot of advantages to this social media site. The biggest advantage of Facebook is the ability to connect with others. There are numerous mom groups on Facebook, and they are typically geared towards moms of specific groups. There are mom groups for moms who have Autistic children, and mom who are stay-at-home moms. There really is something for everyone. This is a great place to find people who have similar interests and lifestyles to you.

However, there are also drawbacks to this site, and the biggest one may be the severity of mom shaming, and others judging what you do. When you share your story, or experiences, or even ask for advice, there are bound to be some moms who don’t agree, and who are not afraid to speak their opinion. It can also reduce the intimacy you have with your family and friends in real life if you get lost on the site.

facebook for kids

Facebook for children and youth is a different world than parents, as they use it for different reasons. They may use it to talk to their friends or to watch some funny videos. Facebook is a great place to join friends, and make some new ones. Children can interact with things that interest them, and they may even learn some new things from people in various groups.

However, according to Psychology Today, there are some pretty big drawbacks to Facebook for children. Children can often lose themselves on the site, and they may not be able to separate real life from what they see on social media. This means it can cause some jealousy, and even some self-esteem issues if they feel like the people they see on social media have a “better life” than them. Cyberbullying is also a large concern with the app, and something parents should be mindful of.

Instagram For Mom

Instagram is another popular app, and it may be one that mom gravitates towards because it is considered “easier” than other social media sites. According to Tech Untold, Instagram is visually based, as it is an image-sharing app. This means that it is perfect for a mom who just wants to aimlessly scroll through pictures from friends, family, and influencers. It is also a place to share parenting moments, and the hashtag interface is helpful in finding the content that you are interested in seeing.

However, it has some drawbacks as well. Instagram has often been criticized for its algorithm which can give the appearance of a “perfect life.” For a mom who is struggling with her journey in motherhood, she may see posts from other moms that make her feel worse. This is why it is important to always remember that social media is usually full of a person’s highlight reel, and not often their struggle.

Instagram For Kids

Instagram may not be the most popular app for children, compared to others, but it is still being used by youth. According to New Orleans Mom, Instagram may be one of the safest apps for children to be on since it is picture-based. This may take away a lot of the cyberbullying that youth experience. It is also easy for mom to monitor their children since they can control it with an app on their phone.

However, there are also some pretty big cons to Instagram. Since it is a picture-based app, it can make children struggle with their self-esteem. It has bred the selfie generation, and it can become a bit competitive for youth on the app. It has also been shown to increase issues around body image and this could lead children to struggle with their mental health.

TikTok For Mom

TikTok is one of the newer social media apps, and it became a large hit during the pandemic when everyone was stuck inside. According to Pentos, one of the biggest benefits of TikTok is its algorithm. The videos you like and watch end up building you an algorithm which means that the app will start to show you videos that it thinks you are interested in. If you are constantly liking and engaging in the content of other moms, those are the types of videos you will see. It can help you build a community, and it is a great (and entertaining) way to pass the time.

However, there are some drawbacks to the app, and one of those is the shaming that can go on with the app. Once you place your video and opinion out there, unless you are private, it is open for criticism from other moms who may not agree with you.

TikTok For Kids

TikTok is often geared as an app for children and youth, despite everyone being on it. There are some benefits to this app for children. According to Kinzoo, if a child wants to make their own videos, the app can really encourage creative thinking and imagination. There are many accounts that they can be exposed to, and while some may see this as a bad thing, it can have some benefits, like being exposed to different cultures and ways of life.

The drawbacks are that the app is built on wanting to go viral. This need for attention can have a child doing a lot of things online that they shouldn’t. There are always trends and challenges, and some of them can be dangerous, but a child may be more inclined to engage in them if they think that this is the video that will give them a lot of likes.

Social media is not likely to go away anytime soon, so the best thing that mom can do is be aware of what is going on, and what her child is doing; this way she can have open conversations with her children about the risks.

Sources: A Plus Topper, Psychology Today, Tech Untold, New Orleans Mom, Pentos, Kinzoo

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