TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — A lot of parents have a hard time getting kids to put down their cell phones. Many are constantly on social media and it can be hard for parents to monitor. Depending on who you talk to, social media can be the best thing ever or the worst.
“I don’t worry about it a whole lot, but my wife worries about it a lot,” said David Bass, a father of four.
Bass monitors his 12-year-old son on Instagram.
Kevin Petosa has a 9-year-old daughter. He thinks social media would be beneficial for her, once she gets old enough to have an account.
“I just don’t have a problem with it at all. I think it’s good. Helps her communicate better,” he said.
Armentha Lewis worries about what her grandson sees on social media. “I’m not a fan for Facebook or Instagram because I think there’s too much violence going on,” she explains.
It can be difficult for experts to figure it out too. Lisa Witherspoon, a researcher at USF, is also a parent.
“Even when children are creating accounts that they’re allowing their parents to look at, then they’re creating other accounts their parents don’t know they have,” she said.
She also admits, social media can help kids with homework. She gives the FaceTime app as an example.
“It’s definitely beneficial, because you’re able to connect, and talk face to face and ask questions, and you can tell if someone still has a questions, because you can see each other,” she said.
When it comes down to it, every kid is different, and parents have to decide what’s best.