This guide is intended to help parents understand the impacts of social media on their children’s mental health. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that social media is more addictive than alcohol and cigarettes, which shows that it poses a risk to children who are on it and use it on a daily basis.
Jeffrey Lewis, CEO of the organization that released the guide, says that the guide was created so that parents can get a better understanding of the impact that social media has on their children. It also includes advice on how you can protect the mental health of your child in the world of social media.
Lewis says that there is more and more evidence indicating that social media is having a negative effect on children’s behavior, so educating guardians and parents will be useful and effective.
Researchers look at the impact of all different types of social media sites, from TikTok and YouTube to Snapchat and Facebook. The guide includes tips on warning signs to watch out for, as well as general information about online safety management tools, as well as mental health organizations that you or your child can reach out to.
Dr. Saini MD, a pediatrician, based in California, says that this guide is going to be an excellent resource for parents. Dr. Saini recommends that parents carefully look at the document so that they can formulate their own plan for the family in general.
The guide is called ‘Parents: What You Wish You Knew,’ and encourages parents to have open, constructive conversations with their children about the risks of social media use, and what they can do if they’re feeling overwhelmed by the online world.