Lillian Muli has a knack for speaking her mind. She shoots straight from the hip, a trait of hers that sometimes gets her in trouble with fans.
That doesn’t mean that the Citizen TV anchor doesn’t have some hot takes that I can fully back. The mother of two recently revealed a big issue that had been bothering her-privacy especially in this age of social media.
Lillian pondered why many parents (mostly celebs) have no qualms about opening social media accounts for their children.
She also wondered why people profess love to their lovers who are not on social media instead of just telling them in person.
“Privacy is power! Why are we professing your love to your person if they aren’t on IG? Just tell them in person. Also, I wonder when we open Instagram accounts for our babies, have we given them an option to grow up and decided whether they want a public life?” The mother of two wrote.
The past few years, celebs like Bahati, Diamond Platnumz, Tanasha Donna, DJ Mo and Hamisa Mobetto have opened Instagram accounts for their kids, aping a trend that started out in the west.
The accounts have been very successful.
But does Lillian have a point? I think she does. Psychologists have long observed the bad effects of social media on the mental health of children.
Social media platforms have been found to have a negative effect on the brains of youngsters. It sets their brains to a state similar to a child that gets attracted to bright colours and buzzing noises, while having a short attention span.
One finding suggests that children spending more than three hours a day on social media are twice as likely to suffer from poor mental health.
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The world will give you back the energy you give it. Are you constantly angry? Whining? Jealous? Insecure? Spiteful? Controlling? That's what will become your reality. Things won't work out and all that negativity will translate into actual chaos in your own life. Don't hurt people knowingly or intentionally because they may have the power to hurt you even deeper; and maybe you're not as strong as you think. Hurt people Hurt people. I haven't gotten to this realisation easily I had my moments which eventually made me hit the wall. Now I choose peace over chaos; I choose joy over sorrow; I choose Love over hate; I choose courage over fear. Life is for the Living! Be present and claim your reality. ❤❤❤
Their immersion in a virtual world delays their emotional and social development. The effects on teens is much stronger with a report by the IZA Institute of Labour Economics suggesting that spending only an hour a day on social media can make a teen miserable.
The influence of the media on the psychosocial development of children is profound. Thus, it is important for physicians to discuss with parents their child’s exposure to media and to provide guidance on age-appropriate.
One other potential source of problems for these exposed celeb kids is cyberbullying that has increased with the proliferation of social media.
The only upside I feel for a celeb to start an account for their kid is the early headstart they have in becoming a mover and shaker (aka influencer) online, meaning more potential sources of income that child when they grow up.
Instagram accounts like that of Cristiano Ronaldo make millions of dollars per year with the star charging an average of $ 1 million dollars per post!
Is the money worth it though? You be the judge of that.