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How social media contributes to juvenile offenses

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2024 | Criminal Law |

Today, social media is a big part of people’s lives. It lets them talk to friends, share thoughts, and learn new information. But it also has a dark side that can lead to trouble, especially for teens. Being aware of the influence of social media can help you make healthy choices online.

The influence of social media on behavior

Social media platforms have content that captures attention. While this can be great for boredom, it can also influence people to make bad decisions.

Social media can contribute lead teens to criminal activities in a few ways:

  • Peer pressure: Social media can make it easy to feel pressured to do things that are risky or illegal. Seeing attention-grabbing videos showing and supporting offenses can impact viewers.
  • Cyberbullying: Social media can encourage cyberbullying, which can lead to real-world problems. Negative posts and comments can make teens get into fights. Cyberbullying and online harassment can also cause legal trouble.
  • Glorification of crime: Some accounts make crime look cool. The accounts showing these videos and posts don’t show the harms or downsides. This can influence young people to commit crimes without considering the consequences. 
  • Planning and coordination: Teens can use social media to plan illegal activities. This makes it easier for young people to get involved in crimes like stealing, vandalism, or drug use.
  • Exposure to inappropriate content: Social media can show young people harmful content. Some videos and images promote drug use, violence, or other illegal activities. When these posts make these activities seem fun, teens may decide to take part.

Preventing social media from influencing behavior

To reduce the negative impacts of social media, it’s important to take action.

Make an effort to block harmful content. Set up filters to block inappropriate content from your feed. If you see something that glorifies a crime, report it.

You should also educate yourself on the importance of using social media responsibly. Be aware of the influence of social media and the consequences of illegal actions. Learn how to set content restrictions, report harmful content, and block inappropriate users.

Having open conversations about social media will also be helpful. Talk to trusted adults about how to navigate social media in a healthy way.

Finding a better path

Social media can influence your actions, sometimes leading to trouble. Knowing how it affects behavior and being aware of its risks can help you make better choices. If you are facing legal issues, remember many young people go through the same thing. By learning from these experiences and seeking support, you can find a better path forward.