It’s a tough world today for many of the teenagers who are trying to figure out their social lives. Adults, even parents who feel they know their children well, are usually shocked to find out how children can be affected by their perception of their interpersonal relationships. When it comes to the Internet and social media, it seems that young girls are frequently susceptible to negative social influences.
As this article published by TIME discusses, a study of young girls from ages 13 to 24 revealed that online social networks such as Facebook and Twitter had tremndous power to impact, for the positive of negative; and, girls experience the latter in a surprising percentage of cases.
The survey was completed by the social networking site We Heart It. Researchers were able to take the information gleaned from respondents to draw up a list of unspoken rules that many girls believe need to be followed in online social networks. Many of these unspoken rules can create an excessive atmosphere of competition, such as having more followers than people you follow or removing posts that don’t receive many likes.
Certainly, it can be very usefulness to maintaining relationships through online channels. However, the way that young women are reacting poorly to intense amounts of online interaction suggests that parents and legal guardians may want to reconsider how much online access is healthy for a growing, vulnerable young woman. Banning the Internet altogether would not be a helpful response, but finding a way to respect your daughter’s free will while helping her see the negative impacts of social networks may counteract many of these problems.
Here at the Greenbrier Academy for Girls, we’re committed to providing an educational atmosphere that gives a young woman plenty of room to grow emotionally and socially. Our curriculum encourages attendees to regularly interact with others in a supportive and compassionate way, building social skills and friendships that Facebook “likes” never could. Call us if you want to discuss attendance prospects for your daughter at our school.