Social media and its effects – The big challenge for India

Social media has become much more than just a tool for interacting with people. It is, now, used as a source of information and participation in the world. It provides many opportunities for people by giving them a platform to initiate their plans and actions. These social media apps have renewed ways of communication and socializing. The social media family keeps growing with the addition of new members every day. According to the research, 290 million Indians are active users of social media platforms.  

India is one of the most populated countries in the world. Here is a chart of some social media apps usage in India and the whole world, respectively.

Social media Apps usage: Worldwide & in India

 Social media Apps  Users WorldwideUsers in India
Facebook1.5 billion115 million  
Linked in238 million23 million  
Twitter  500 + million77.49 million
Instagram130 millionData not Available  
Google +500+ million20 million  
YouTubeData not Available55 million  
Tumblr267 million2.93 million  
Pinterest70 million8.12 million  

There is no denial of how technology has helped the country grow, but there are some disadvantages to the internet as well. One of the most significant downsides of social media is the fake news that gets blown up on these platforms without any verification. According to a survey, Around 45 of the respondents said there had been so many made-up stories on social media that it is hard to differentiate between real and fake facts.

Misleading information and fake news through social media apps have been a growing issue in many countries, but it has now become an immense challenge for India. Various reasons result in the explosion of fake news. According to a survey, “51% of the people believe that the news gets twisted due to a particular agenda, while 32% have said that humor brings misleading facts.”

According to the Indian government, demand and new rules for social media companies, many social platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and TikTok will have to reveal the identities of the users who spread the fake facts. However, WhatsApp, of all the social apps, has refused to give out the origin of any rumors. It has stated, “We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe. For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry-leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy.”

Misleading information and fake news can have different effects on society. However, kids, the leading future of the country, could be affected badly by such facts. According to one piece of research, most of this news had an impact on their moods. 63% of them experience more than one emotion (sadness, frightfulness, anger, depression.)

Some other effects of social media are as under:

  • Social media apps consume a lot of time in our daily life. Excessive usage can be a source of time wastage.
  • There is no privacy for your personal life. You give every detail of your life to these apps without realizing the consequences of it. 
  • Any unknown person can access your information in just through few clicks.
  • It is a dangerous place for kids if they are left unsupervised. There are so many cybercrimes and internet hazards that can hurt your kids. Cyberbullying, online predators, inappropriate age content are some of the dangers that your child can encounter.
  • Its usage can decrease potency. Some people have a habit of checking these social sites constantly, which can reduce work productivity.

You can help your kids safe from all the mentioned effects by following the given tips:

Educate them

The first and foremost thing that you can do to save your kids is to educate them. Have a detailed talk session with them in which you explain to them all the effects and their causes. If your child knows about a problem, he will try to avoid getting into it.

Use monitoring apps

Using monitoring apps to track online activities is another way of ensuring the safety of your loved ones. You can monitor all of their social media and make sure that they are away from all the dangers.

You can track their real-time location using XNSPY. It also allows you to check the area and web history of the targeted phone as well. 

Set rules

You can set particular rules for your kids as well. Making these rules can really help your kids understand the importance of time management and work discipline. Make sure that they have a healthy lifestyle along with their online activeness.

Talk about their issues

Try to talk to your kids about everything. Make sure you have made your kids comfortable enough so that they can talk their hearts out to them. If they do not talk to you, the chances of them suffering alone will get higher.

Suppose someone is trying to blackmail or bully your child online. Are you sure that your child will come to you and share it? If no, then try to be a friend to them with whom they can share everything.

Be more active in their life

Another way to help your kids is to be more active in their lives. Try to be a part of their world. If you do not have enough time during the week, make sure you give them some time at the weekend. You can plan a dinner or picnic with them to their favorite spots. These little efforts will show them that you care about their lives and they will feel appreciated. You can talk to them about their online friends. In this way, you can learn who they are talking to these days.