Kate Winslet is starring in the new movie dedicated to Steve Jobs as the marketing executive Joanna Hoffman. Recently she made a statement for the Sunday Times encouraging parents to take the mobile devices out of the hands of their kids. She further shares concerns regarding the usage of social media, which according to her has too big of effect on the girls’ self-esteem. She claims: “Because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them. And what comes along with that? Eating disorders,” and furthermore: “We don’t have any social media in our house.” (CNET, 2015).
Such statements place a great importance on the social media usage of young teens and the potential effects for them from following their peers, idols and imitating them in a way online. According to a survey published in 2012 (Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech, 2012) fully 95% of all teens aged 12-17 are now online, 81,8% of which use some kind of social media and the figures keep on growing. It is inevitable for us to connect in some way online but is it right to start this interaction for kids at the age of 12 or 13 when they should be playing outside happily, outperforming each other in monopoly rather than sending an invitation to their friends for a game on Facebook?
CNET, (2015). Kate Winslet says parents losing control of kids to social media – CNET. [online] Available at: http://www.cnet.com/news/kate-winslet-says-parents-losing-control-of-kids-to-social-media/ [Accessed 2 Nov. 2015].
Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech, (2012). Teens Fact Sheet. [online] Available at: http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/teens-fact-sheet/ [Accessed 2 Nov. 2015].