Copy of F: 5 Reasons You Don't need to Worry About Kids and Social Media

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-F- 5 Reasons You Don't Need to Worry About Kids and Social Media By Caroline Knorr commonsensemedia.org, April 20, 2015 Discover the ways social media can be a force for good in the lives of kids and teens, and help them maximize the benefits. 1 It seems like every day there's another story about kids sexting, cyberbullying, or suffering from acute FOMO (fear of missing out). Yes, the risks of social media are real. But there's a lot about the way kids use and think about apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Kik Messenger and even YouTube that we don't understand. With millions of kids using these programs and only a fraction misusing them, they can't be all bad, right? 2 New research is shedding light on the good things that can happen when kids connect, share, and learn online. As a parent, you can help nurture the positive aspects simply by accepting how important social media is for kids and helping them find ways for it to add real value to their lives. For inspiration, here are some of the
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