SOCIAL MEDIA ADVISORY: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says that social media use could be harmful to the mental health of young people.
So what do experts recommend parents do about it?
Social media sites have “a profound risk of harm” to kids’ mental health and well-being, America’s top doctor said is a contributor if not THE instigator for the mental health crisis affecting millions of young people.
“Asking children to be responsible for something that is so addictive, that is so powerful, that is so pervasive, that’s irresponsible,” said Titania Jordan, chief marketing officer for Bark, an app that allows parents to monitor their kids’ phones.
“Unless (tech companies) are held accountable, legally, and financially, they have no incentive to right wrongs,” she continued.
The surgeon general’s report laid out more than 20 recommendations to protect kids’ mental health on social media today, ranging from legislating (and asking) technology companies to be more transparent, to families creating digital free zones in their homes.
The Surgeon General says while limiting screen time is a good first step, many parents, watchdogs and advocates say legislation and oversight is not moving fast enough to make a dent in the
1 in 5 kids who seriously consider suicide.
Each year, millions more children are suffering
from severe depression, anxiety, disordered eating or other serious mental illness.