14 May '12, 5pm

Social media's impact on kids 'merits big debate'

Social media's impact on kids 'merits big debate'

WASHINGTON — Facebook 's big stock offering on Wall Street must be followed by an intensive debate on Main Street about social media's powerful impact on children, an expert on the topic says. Jim Steyer , founder of Common Sense Media , a San Francisco think tank focusing on media and families, said the technology that Facebook represents is having "an enormous impact" on youngsters, families and schools worldwide. "We need to have a big national, if not global conversation about the pros and cons of that," Steyer, a father of four who is also a civil rights lawyer and Stanford University professor, told AFP in an interview. While social media such as Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter offer "extraordinary possibilities" in such areas as education, he said, "there are also real downsides in a social, emotional and cogitative development way." "Hopefully, after the flurry o...

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