In this digital age, technology and the Internet are part of everyday life. Below, we look at their habits, the risks and benefits of social media use, and resources to keep youth safe online. These platforms can help teens socialize and communicate with peers; find learning opportunities; and become engaged in causes important to them. Social media also provide a wealth of information and resources that teens can use to maintain their own health and relationships. On the other hand, teens on social media are at risk of cyberbullying and other aggression online ; inappropriate content or exposure to predators; and having their private information available publicly. There is also some evidence that frequent social media use may be linked to depression and other mental health problems.
One of the most common questions homeschool graduates and homeschooled children face is that of socialization. Most scholars view peer interaction, which generally centers on the school, as a critical component of this kind of socialization. However, many homeschool parents and leaders argue that the socialization children receive in school is unnatural and actually harmful, and that socialization is best gained through life experiences that center around the family, and should include interactions with those in a variety of age groups. We know from both research and anecdotal data that homeschooled children can be well socialized, both in terms of learning the social norms of society and in terms of social interaction.
My 8th grader was dumped by his posse the week before school started. Yep, the Fearsome Five had decided to be the Fearsome Four, and my son was ousted. As I shared his my tale of woe with my squad, they unanimously recommended I talk to the moms—three of whom were friends of mine.