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This is the Importance of Parents Need to Limit the Use of Children's Social Media

Illustration. POKROL - Advances in information technology have not been realized. Not only parents, children and adolescents also fee...


POKROL - Advances in information technology have not been realized. Not only parents, children and adolescents also feel the impact of the changing times. dr. Bernie Endyarni Medise, Sp.A, MPH from the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), expressed the presence of the internet as a result of advances in information technology has created a shift in the culture of community communication in children. They increasingly communicate online both with their friends, family, and teachers. Based on data Bernie obtained in 2016, 89 percent of children communicate online with friends, 56 percent with family, and 35 percent with their teachers through the internet.

"Advances in technology enable the emergence of communication activities via SMS, chat, comments in online forums, blogs, chatrooms, status updates such as on Twitter and Facebook, and other forms of online communication," Bernie wrote in an article published on the official IDAI website on (30 / 06/2016). Bernie explained the rampant use of online communication tools can not only bring positive impacts, but also negative impacts for children and adolescents.

A number of positive impacts of the existence of the internet include: The development of possibilities for socialization, communication, and friendship that is not only across provinces, but can also cross countries Open opportunities for learning processes Open access to news Open health information While negative impacts include: Unlimited access violence and pornography shows Triggering consumptive behavior to buy objects advertised on the internet Sexting or exchanging written or pictorial messages that can arouse lust Do and become victims of cyberbullying Read also: Normal or Abnormalities, Awkwardness Often Experienced by Teens? Tend to imitate According to Bernie, children and adolescents have a tendency to imitate to try things they think are new and challenging.

He also revealed the data, about 52 percent of children in Indonesia have found pornographic content through advertisements or sites that are not suspicious. Only 14 percent admitted that they had accessed pornographic sites consciously or voluntarily. Bernie revealed that television, internet or social media are believed to also have adverse effects on children, including: Influencing the increase in the incidence of smoking, alcohol, promiscuity, and including free sex. Not only physical, the negative influence of the internet can also cause mental problems. and social behavior in adolescents Some affected adolescents can become even more aggressive, feel frightened, depressed, have sleep disorders, nightmares, even want to commit suicide Read also: Parental Care, Anger in Children Causes 11 Fatal Impacts.

"Data in Indonesia "shows a relatively high percentage of children who are victims of cyberbullying," Bernie writes. As many as 55 percent of cyberbullying occurs when in the school environment and 45 percent outside the school environment. Therefore, it is important for parents to be able to wisely weigh limits on the use of the internet or social media in children to avoid the worst possibilities. (K2101)