Study reveals social media makes teens feel less lonely

How do teenagers communicate and relate each other? Common Sense is releasing its latest research report “Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences”, a unique window to view what teenagers do on the Internet.

The study found teens on the whole say using social media makes them feel less lonely and more confident. Teens are using social media more than ever, so… What does it means for teachers?

  1. Teachers feel they know what teens are doing online, but…

The study concluded that teen´s social media use has increased dramatically. Here are a few, high-level findings to mull over:

  • 70 percent of teens report using social media more than once a day.
  • Facebook is out. Instagram and Snapchat are in.
  • Most american teens have a smartphone. The number of teenagers with a smartphone more than doubled since 2012, from 41 percent up to 89 percent.
  1. What students say about their social media experiences

Listening to students’ perspectives will give you insights into how you might help them harness the positives of social media.

Many teens say that using social media has a positive effect on how they feel about themselves. In fact, teens were more likely to say that social media has a positive rather than a negative effect.

As well, teen´s preference for face to face communication has failed, while as more and more teens are choosing social media and video chatting as a favorite way to communicate.

  1. The importance of social- emotional learning (SEL)

The survey included a social-emotional well-being (SEWB) scale based on concepts such as happiness, loneliness, confidence, depression, self- esteem, and parental relations. Teens who ranked lower for SEWB are much more likely to say they’ve had negative experiences on social media.

More than a third (35%) of these teens say they have been cyberbullied, compared to 5 percent of teens who ranked higher for SEWB.

These findings will make teachers to consider the importance of the social emotional learning has in teens.

SEL involves the systematic development of a core set of social and emotional skills that help children more effectively handle life challenges and thrive in both their learning and their social environments, according to the study “Social and emotional learning and bullying prevention”.

Stand Tall Against Bullying Educational Program, for the elementary and middle school aged students, develops prosocial behaviors and attitudes that lead to positive relationships and a healthy climate in and outside the classroom. 

For further information about SEL learning along with tips for developing social emotional skills at your school, click  http://sitio.eldventir.com/en/, and contact paula.sanchez@visionaria.com to run a free pilot.

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