The Ill Effects of Social Networking to Children

By Rochelle P. Rabe, T3

Pantay Tamurong Elementary School, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur


Life nowadays is far more convenient and complex as compared to the primitive days but a challenge is posted on us educators- “Is educating our elementary graders easier considering the genre where they now belong?”

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tango, Skype, Viber and many more sites and applications that are clogged in the internet are now the trend for a better and faster communication to people all throughout the world, even to elementary grade pupils. Communication is no longer a problem due to social networking. Learning is now made easier due to the availability of online resources.

Social network is defined by Computer Science Illuminated as “models of objects and their interactions and therefore they can model human or corporate interactions”. Social networking sites allow users to describe themselves, list their favorite profiles, contacts, friends, family members, acquaintances and send messages or chat with those they have listed. From this feature, it is possible to draw what impact both negative and positive the social network site may have in an individual.

Despite the advantages of social networking, I believe that teaching has become more complicated and challenging to elementary grade pupils. This is simply because children are now more inclined to social networking that lessen their time and interests in studying their lessons. Pupils don’t spend enough time on their homework as they should.

Parents should take responsibility and limit the amount of time their child is spending online. I personally believe that mobile phones and computers are responsible for children being unable to spell. One thing more, children can’t well because they are more used to keyboards and touch pads. If children spend hours at night on social media, they will poor concentration inside the classroom due to the sleepless nights. The influence of social networking on children is at high risk and that as educators and parents, we need to consider and address these challenges.

Social networking is very helpful especially in the field of communication, but let us bear in mind that anything in excess is dangerous. As parents and teachers, it is our duty to responsibly guide our children in the proper use of social networking.

Let us not allow them to abuse the use of social networks, instead, let us teach them to purposely use it for their common good.#