White Paper – Charlieclover

Hypothesis –
Excessive use of social media by teenagers negatively impacts their mental health and should be monitored to prevent unsafe use with the potential for physical and emotional harm. It would be a waste of energy trying to keep kids offline, and it is almost impossible to go through life unplugged. Instead of outright banning the use of social media sites real success can be found in teaching kids how to use it safely. This way you can enjoy all the benefits of having an Instagram or Snapchat while knowing how to avoid the disadvantages. With an increase in cases involving children getting into trouble online by sharing personal information or risking physical safety, parents may think it is better to outright ban phones. However, this idea has proven to be problematic because instead of keeping kids off of social media it promotes unsafe usage mainly by teenagers who are unaware of the true dangers.

Five Sources –


Background – This is a website from the Mayo Clinic that gives potential ways for parents to advise their children on how to use social media safely.

How I Intend To Use It – I would like to use this source in order to provide specific examples. It can be hard to think of successful ways that can help deal with the problem at hand and I appreciated that this website gave specific examples of how to do that and how effective they have found these to be.

https://www.wellandgood.com/social-media-fast-benefits #:~:text=%22Fasts%20can%20increase%20positivity%2C%20decrease,and%20assuage%20feelings%20of%20depression.%22&text=A%20social%20media%20fast%20not,a%20positive%20sense%20of%20self.

Title of this Article (So I Don’t forget which is which)

Background – The authors of this study chose adolescents only as subjects. They tested them first to establish baseline mental health, and during the study to track any changes, and one month after the study to follow up on potential lasting effects. his source is set up similarly to a blog run by a professional psychologist who was able to identify ways that she benefits from talking a “social media fast”.

How I Intend To Use It – During our conference and while developing a hypothesis I really considered learning more about the idea of taking social media fast. It was not something that I had personally considered as a way of combatting the harmful effects of social media. I think it is really interesting to think about that from the standpoint of a professional psychologist.


Background – This website is from the pediatric healthcare alliance and it is supporting the point that there should be an age restriction on social media usage.

How I Intend To Use It – It also gives examples as reasons why children should not have access to social media because it is unhealthy for them. They also discuss the potential risks and advantages of having an age limit on who is allowed to have social media and when they are allowed to use it. This was something else I was considering when I was writing my hypothesis is having restrictions that would be enforced by parents.


Background – This a medical journal about the mental health of teenagers’ brain and how it is underdeveloped.

How I Intend To Use It – I thought it would be good if I had a medical journal that has scientific research to back what I was writing in my hypothesis.


Background – This is research on the dangers of social media and discusses potential ways children can be targeted.

How I Intend To Use It – I wanted to use sources like these to demonstrate the dangers on social media. As children, they are more targeted and should know the dangers and how to keep themselves safe.

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1 Response to White Paper – Charlieclover

  1. davidbdale says:

    When you first posted it, this was a preliminary assignment. It passed then, but now it’s far behind where it should be, CharlieClover.

    Use this White Paper to take Notes and record your impressions of your sources AS YOU READ THEM, the best way to begin converting your research material into language of your own you can export to your short arguments when it’s time to draft them.

    This post will be regraded from time to time, or on your specific request.


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