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Skip the Selfies: The Psychological Effect of Social Media on Kids, and How Mamas Can Help

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Youtube, Whatsapp…these are commonly known social media platforms that have gained popularity all around the world. Want to know what a friend is doing now? Just check their Facebook status. Had a sudden mind-blowing revelation? Put it on Twitter! Feeling bored? Take a few selfies using different lenses on Snapchat.

The 2018 DQ Impact Report is an annual report summarizing the state of online safety and digital citizenship of 8-12 year olds children around the world. It is one of the first large-scale, multi-national projects investigating online behaviours, exposure to cyber-risks, and digital citizenship levels among 8-12 year old children. They found that 8-12-year-olds in Singapore spend an average of 35 hours in front of digital screens for entertainment alone, which was 3 hours more than the global average.

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