Parents think social media affects children’s moral development

A recent poll undertaken by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University has revealed that 55% of the 1,700 people with children ages 11-17 questioned think that social media hinders or undermines moral development.

Interestingly, whilst parents did acknowledge that positive moral aspects such as love and kindness are promoted through social media, they were reluctant to agree that sites could have a positive impact upon their child’s character.

Forty percent of parents were concerned or extremely concerned that social media could have a potentially damaging impact on children, with only 15% thinking that sites such as Facebook had a positive influence on a young person’s character.

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