Social media and other media can influence the decisions that teenagers make about their health and lifestyle. For example, media messages and content can make it look normal, cool or grown-up to eat junk food, smoke, drink alcohol and take other drugs. Other studies also have observed links between high levels of social media use and depression or anxiety symptoms. A 2016 study of more than 450 teens found that greater social media use, nighttime social media use and emotional investment in social media such as feeling upset when prevented from logging on were each linked with worse sleep quality and higher levels of anxiety and. Media plays an important role in shaping the ideas and beliefs of teens. In fact, continuous exposure to media has proven to impact a childs social, physical, and mental development. In this post, we share with you the impact of media on teens with some relevant tips to handle undue media influence on children and adolescents. The raising children network says that teens can benefit from media exposure by developing cultural and political awareness 1. Television, films, magazines and social media sites expose teens -- who may otherwise be limited to interactions with people from their own cultural and ethnic backgrounds -- to an array of different people. With the rapid growth of social media, your teen is exposed to more than just television and print magazines 3. While the media has the capacity to teach behaviours that reflect positive social values, the majority of the research on the influence of media on teens has focused on the cause and effect relationship between the portrayal of immoral or dangerous conduct on the media and the resulting negative teen.