Online-Only Peer Support for Teens Raises Concerns

Originally published at: https://www.bark.us/blog/online-only-peer-support-for-teens-raises-concerns/

When children feel the stress of a tough issue, whether that issue is cyberbullying, unwanted sexual advances, or perhaps even problems at home, they often rely on peers for support. Although this practice is crucial to a child’s social development, there is still cause for concern – especially when that support only takes place online with peers. Here’s what you need to know about children and friends online. Children and Friends in Today’s Digital World It used to be that a child’s peer group consisted of people in their classroom or neighborhood – people they saw in person and physically interacted with daily.…