Personally, I think it’s a great step in the right direction. But I’m just not too sure. Ok so hear me out. Teens usually spend most evenings on their phones or laptops liking, commenting, tweeting or pinning which could be a good thing or a bad one. Social media is used by everyone, everywhere which helps get important messages across, information, advice and life experiences spread around the world with just the click of a button. So, teens may be able to receive this from the internet but most resources come from social media. Now you definitely wouldn’t want your child to continuously hit into a brick wall every time they tried researching well, anything.
But on the other hand the amount of cyber bullying, exposure of young teens and generally each other’s safety really has no limit when it comes to teens using social media. Being able to ban social media will not only lower the risks of all three from above but also gives young teens the time to actually grow up and learn what social media is actually used for at its best. The average age a user on Facebook or Twitter is is just 13. An age where we start experiencing new things and being an insecure 13-year-old to blossoming into a bright and cheery 16-year-old starting to look forward to life.
Looking at it from both sides I don’t believe the ban should be put in place in safety to the middle adolescents. But even if it did come into effect surely there will be a loop hole. Do you ever come across the pop ups of ‘have you read the terms and conditions?’ or ‘are you aged 16 and over?’ Well almost all of us lie with the first one so of course it would be too easy to lie on the second one. The main reason why I don’t think it’s a good idea is because it seems like it’s covering the mouths of all these young teen opinions and thoughts with duck tape rather than thinking about there saftey.