Parents dread the online risks that their children could face and while they impact children, the exposure seems to be temporary a new study has said.
A multi-university study has found that while teens are routinely exposed to online risks such as sexual solicitations, cyberbullying and explicit material, the negative effects of these exposure aren’t permanent and appear to be temporary that for most of the teens vanish in less than a week. This indicates that typical teens are resilient to such risks and are able to cope with most online risks fairly quickly.
The study was conducted on the Internet with 68 teens wherein scientists chronicled the teens’ online experiences for eight weeks and used pre-validated psychological scales to assess how negative online experiences impacted teens’ emotional state and well-being.
The respondents did report more negative emotions during the weeks they experienced cyberbullying and explicit content, but these effects were gone only a week later.
Bridget McHugh, who worked on the study while a Ph.D student at UCF and is now a leadership development consultant at Ohio State University, they aren’t exactly sure how teens are learning the coping skills, but they are and that’s good news.
McHugh said coping may be happening through other online interactions with friends or through support from social media communities.
Pamela Wisniewski, a computer science assistant professor at UCF in Orlando, and co-author of the study, concluded that more research needs to be conducted into how teens learn to cope in the constantly changing social media world.