The following article was written for PLAYSOCCER Magazine published by AYSO.
Social media. Screen time. They are a part of our daily lives. Because so much of life now revolves around screen time and social media, we thought it was a great time to address this dynamic and provide tips and tools to help you navigate this sometimes tricky part of life.
If you're like me, you too get sucked down the rabbit whole of social media and screen time. Roughly 78-88% of people ages 18-49 use at least one form of social media. Chances are you know a youngster or have one yourself who has access to Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, and can be glued to a screen with content at their fingertips. As of a 2015 study, teens are consuming media nearly 9 hours a day, and kids between ages 8-12 spend on average nearly 6 hours a day.
I sometimes miss the days where social media, smart phones, and screens weren't such a major part of daily life, but the fact is they're here to stay, so it's important for parents and coaches to understand the impacts they have, both positively and negatively.
Let's look at some pros and cons:
Youth are still figuring out who they are and how they tick. While social media brings with it a lot of real side effects, it doesn't mean those side effects will happen to your child. But they are certainly possible. The key is to be open and honest about the pros and cons of social media and screen time, and to set boundaries as to how you prefer it to be used in your house and on your team.
I know it can seem overwhelming and you might be unsure how to proceed. There isn't one right answer, but there are some things you can do.
Katie (McKee) Lovallo
Hey! I'm Katie, and I specialize in Mental Performance. I believe greatly in mindset and the role it plays in life.