Grounding your kids from social media doesn't do much - and could hurt them

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 30/04/2017 22:18

It all used to be so simple: Break the rules, get grounded and be forbidden from hanging out with your friends. These days, of course, social media makes anywhere a teen hangout, and parents looking to ground their kids might choose to cut off access to social media instead. But that punishment might not have its desired effect — and could even have some harmful consequences for teenagers, according to a new study published Thursday.

Teens forced to take a break from social media lose more than just a few days gossiping with friends, according to research funded and conducted by the University of Chicago's independent research organization, NORC. In partnership with the Associated Press, the researchers surveyed 790 teenagers about whether they'd ever taken a break from social media by choice or by force.

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