We asked teens a series of questions about social media, bullying, and digital citizenship. The teens, interns for #ICANHELP, a nonprofit organization empowering students to use social media positively, gave their thoughts on a variety of topics, including what are the biggest problems facing teens in regards to social media use.
Each responded to the following seven questions:
- What is the biggest problem related to social media for teens?
- What do companies need to improve with social media and why?
- How can teens be better digital citizens?
- What do you do to keep things positive online?
- What are things about social media your parents don’t know about?
- How do you feel about anonymous social networks and why? Are there benefits to being anonymous?
- How do you manage the time you spend online?
Here are the teens’ responses to “What do companies need to improve with social media and why?”
- “I personally think that social media companies are perfect as they are now.” — Elliot L.
- “Companies need to do a better job at finding and closing down spam accounts. I frequently find myself being followed by up to 6 spam accounts a week and it makes me feel uneasy to know that robots can easily make accounts.” — Simone D.
- “Social media companies can improve by deleting hate posts, comments, and accounts.” — Allie C.
- “To improve on social media, companies should have a specific number of add’s you can see per day to minimize how many you see.” — Ananda
- “I think companies need to make their content more relatable to the average person. Most companies feed is geared toward upper-class lifestyle, causing a disconnect between the company and middle class citizens.” Malorie B.
- “Social media companies need to improve their management of inappropriate and fake accounts online.” — Morgan R.
- “Companies need to improve their policy and safety guidelines and whenever an account is being rude or harassing someone, the ability to block and report this account should be quick and easy. Such a fast reporting of the account would contribute to the lessening of people who experiences these cyber messages.” — Linda C.
- “Companies can improve social media by hiring young interns who can relate to the following, but every business is different.” — Clementine C.
- “Companies need to improve positivity on social media, and not paint a perfect picture of what people should look like or post.” — Diane K.
- “I think that it is the responsibility of companies to present realistic images, not airbrushed models that represent unachievable standards.” — Triveni P.
Thank you to #ICANHELP and their wonderful interns for sharing with us. Stay tuned for an upcoming social media live chat on Twitter this April, which will include many of the other thoughts and opinions from these young leaders.