Another Voice: Only Parents Can Stop Children’s Addiction to Social Media

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By George Cassidy Payne

Original Source: buffalonews.com

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s earlier idealism has worn off. But he still views social media as a force for good in the world, an indispensable tool of communication, commerce and even democracy itself.

Most of the information online is not only unnecessary, but misleading, intentionally divisive, and, as we are learning, manipulated by algorithms that even the web engineers whodesigned them cannot control.

Unmasking social media’s nonessentialness is of vital importance, especially to our children. The proportion of young people using online social networks in America exceeds 90%, and teens spend an average of…click here to continue reading

 

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