CBS News: Social media may pose “profound risk” to teen mental health, Surgeon General says


U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has issued a report calling for stronger guidelines for social media use among children and teenagers due to the potential risks to their mental health. The report emphasizes the need for immediate action by technology companies and lawmakers to protect young people from addictive apps and inappropriate content on platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat. Dr. Murthy suggests creating “tech-free zones” and modeling healthy device relationships for children. The report also advises young people to avoid sharing personal information online and seek help from trusted adults if they experience harassment or bullying. While acknowledging the positive aspects of social media, such as social connections and self-expression, the report highlights concerns raised by studies linking social media usage to negative impacts on body image and mental well-being. Dr. Murthy’s recommendations include developing family media plans, creating tech-free spaces, modeling responsible behavior, and empowering kids through open conversations. The advisory comes amid increasing mental health issues in young people, particularly among teenage girls. The full article by Elizabeth Napolitano can be read here on CBS News

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