Internet Safety and Social Media (Prince William County Public Schools)
The average teenager spends nearly 40 hours a week on social media. The popularity of social media and increased student access to the internet has led to some dangerous trends wherein youth try to complete a variety of online challenges. Students are frequently exposed to these challenges via their phones and other electronic devices and watching these challenges can become extremely addictive. These trends have emerged on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Reports of "TikTok Challenges" dominated headlines for several months and with each new month, another challenge emerges.
Prince William County Schools encourages our families, staff, and community members to have more conversations with our students about the dangers of social media challenges and the negative impact it can have on everyone around them.