The Effects of Social Media on Children


  • Tobbi Dyer


Children, social media, smartphones, cyberbullying, connections


Social media and smartphones have become a part of our daily lives, and the Internet is being accessed by children at younger and younger ages. This can‘t help but influence them in significant ways. While we as a society tend to focus on the negative effects on children, this paper also explores various positive effects and discusses how those benefits can be enhanced while minimizing possible unwanted outcomes.

Author Biography

Tobbi Dyer

Tobbi Dyer is studying to complete an MLIS after working predominantly for nonprofit organizations; primarily those serving children and families. She wrote this paper for the course “Information in Society” taught by Dr. Bertrum McDonald. Tobbi lives on the Eastern Shore with her two sons under the direction of their three cats. She enjoys nature walks, snowshoeing, photography and various art forms.


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