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17% Middle School Students Started Using Social Media At Age Of Nine Or Younger: Report

KAMP conducted a Workshop on 'Use of Social Media for Learning' in association with NIScPR-SVASTIK with more than 1000 students of 5th to 12th standard from different schools across India as participants

According to a survey of 593 middle school students, 17 per cent started using social media at age of nine or younger, 40 per cent accepted friend requests from unknown people and 40 per cent reported their parents did not monitor their social media use. Thus, it is important for students to learn how to use social media for learning, collaborating with others and having discussions, which may enhance their creativity, team spirit and boost many other related skills as well.

KAMP conducted a Workshop on 'Use of Social Media for Learning' in association with NIScPR-SVASTIK with more than 1000 students of 5th to 12th standard from different schools across India as participants. The session was convened by Arika Mathur, Member KAMP Planning & Monitoring Committee.

This session was facilitated by Dr Paramananda Barman, Scientist, CSIR-NIScPR. Currently, he is also working as the Editor of the Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (IJTK) and Indian Science Abstracts (ISA). He also manages dissemination under SVASTIK, a national initiative by CSIR NIScPR to communicate scientifically validated traditional knowledge of India.

In this workshop, Dr Barman rightly pointed out that there has been an increase in the usage of social media amongst teens and since they do not have the cognitive and emotional capacity to distinguish between reliable and unreliable information, it becomes quite essential to guide them upon the appropriate use of social media.

On the same hand, they must be aware of the negative impacts social media can cause like lack of privacy, distraction, unethical hacking, cyber bullying, stalking and even showcasing inappropriate content. This may negatively impact their psyche in terms of self esteem, self confidence, etc. leading them to be isolated, depressed and even feeling negative about themselves.


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