Do your teens use social media? What is their favorite social sharing site that they use? How many of their friends post pictures of themselves on these sites? Are kids really more self-absorbed today than when we were kids?
The author of this infographic notes, “Teens have always been a large part of the social media landscape, but while Facebook is still the leader in usage, it is losing ground to a new form of social media that involves sharing photos. Sites like Instagram and Snapchat are growing quickly in popularity among the teen population, signaling a shift in how teens use social media.”
The “selfie” seems to be all the rage on image sharing sites. When once people were sharing images of sunsets, the ocean, and their food there’s now a deluge of duck-faced teens. Even President Obama is taking selfies with world leaders.
The selfie has become so ubiquitous that the Oxford English Dictionary declared it their “word of the year”. My spell-check still doesn’t think it’s a word but it’s still very popular. I’ve even been known to take a selfie or two.
Where is this leading us? Is this something homeschooling parents need to be concerned about? Yes and no. Continue Reading…