Internet's negative impact on teen boys

Malina Saval, Author & Journalist, shares advice for parents on the negative impact that the internet has on teen boys and what parents can do to counteract its negative impact
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Internet's negative impact on teen boys

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The internet has absolutely had a negative impact. Teenage boys with one click of a button have access to so many different sites, and a lot of these sites are basically mine fields for violence. And so, this teenager is walking around with all this hatred and violent imagery and it creates in that teenage boy a sense of confusion, a sense of distrust, a sense of maybe there is something to this. And what is really bad is that most often the teenager will not go to their parents and say look what I found on the internet. Because when you are a teen, information is power. Hoarding that power is a very healthy part of establishing independence. When a child is learning all these things on the internet, they will keep it to themselves and a lot of times it will explode in a very mind field kind of way when certain behaviors result from this absorption of all of this unhealthy knowledge you can obtain via the internet.

Malina Saval, Author & Journalist, shares advice for parents on the negative impact that the internet has on teen boys and what parents can do to counteract its negative impact

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Malina Saval

Journalist & Author

Malina Saval is the author of The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Variety, Los Angeles Times, Glamour, LA Weekly, Flaunt, Jerusalem Post, Forward, Heeb, Premiere.com, Moment and Fanzine, for whom she pens a monthly column entitled "Sponsored in Part." Her short fiction and essays have been included in Palehouse and The Truth About the Fact literary journals and in the anthology Now Write! Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers. She's lectured at several universities, including University of Central Florida and University of Eastern Michigan, and has appeared as a special expert guest on the Tavis Smiley Show (PBS), Fox News, NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and the Patt Morrison Show.  

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