Using social media Web sites is among the most common activity of today’s children and adolescents.
Any Web site that allows social interaction is considered a social media site, including social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter; gaming sites and virtual worlds such as Club Penguin, Second Life, and the Sims; video sites
such as YouTube; and blogs. Such sites offer today’s youth a portal for entertainment and communication and have grown exponentially in
The impact of social media on children adolescents and families.
For this reason, it is important that parents become aware of the nature of social media sites, given that not all of them are
healthy environments for children and adolescents. Pediatricians are in a unique position to help families understand these sites and to
encourage healthy use and urge parents to monitor for potential problems with cyberbullying, “Facebook depression,” sexting, and exposure
to inappropriate content. Pediatrics 2011;127:800–804