Also talk about good and bad things to do on social media
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Psychologist from the University of Indonesia A. Kasandra Putranto reminded parents to teach their children to be wise in playing social media to prevent negative impacts so that they are still able to develop themselves.
“The right use of social media can increase personal growth, happiness, and expand the world by making the right connections,” Kasandra said, Friday (23/9/2022)
Kasandra said one thing parents can do is ensure that their children interact with the posts and images they see on social media in a positive way. Also make sure that the people who connect with children on social media are those who are able to provide positive values and teachings.
“Also talk about things that are good and not good to do on social media such as bullying or spreading information that is not true,” said Kasandra.
In line with Kasandra, psychologist Samanta Elsener separately also said that parents really need to direct their children to play social media positively, such as ensuring that the accounts they follow on social media are accounts that have a positive impact on them.
“For example, they are still in school, try to follow accounts related to their school, which teach about learning mathematics, public speaking, hobbies, soccer, all kinds of things related to their interests,” said Samanta.
“We also need to teach our children to filter and choose the right content for them to consume according to their age,” he added.
In addition, Samanta also said it was important for parents to invite their children to do a detox or limit access to social media so that they are not dependent while maintaining a balance in their mental health.
“Detox every Sunday for example, once a week no one plays social media or gadgets. That is a very good first step to do,” said Samanta.
“This detox is very important because it can clean anything we have consumed from social media so that it can be more balanced, emotions also become more stable and feel more ready to consume social media,” he said.