How teens build their online presence

Today, the online presence of adolescents is an important part of their identity. Building a digital identity can be positive, as it allows them to connect with friends, share interests and creativity, and search for information. However, it can also have negative consequences if not handled properly.

On the one hand, teens may face privacy issues online, such as the exposure of personal information or identity theft. In addition, they may be victims of online harassment or “cyberbullying”, which can negatively affect their mental and emotional health. Lack of privacy and online harassment can also have an impact on your physical safety, especially if locations or personal information are shared.

On the other hand, the construction of a digital identity can be a source of social pressure for adolescents. They may feel the need to present an idealized version of themselves online and compare themselves to others, which can negatively affect their self-esteem and self-confidence.

They may also feel the need to “stay connected” at all times, which can interfere with their ability to properly unwind and rest.

It is important that teens understand the risks associated with their online presence and learn to manage it responsibly. This includes an understanding of online privacy, the ability to identify and prevent online bullying, and an awareness of the need for adequate rest.

It is also important that parents, educators, and health professionals help adolescents navigate these issues and provide them with tools to develop a healthy and secure digital identity.