Tips to help protect your child's mental health from harmful social media use


Last updated 9/6/2023 at 4:18pm

Archana Dubey, MD

Chief Medical Officer

UnitedHealthcare of California

Social media can be a great tool to help build connections, stay informed and engage with others. However, it can become all-consuming and potentially damaging to adolescent brain development, which is a cause for concern.

A recent advisory issued by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls attention to the potential harmful effects social media has on children’s mental health. According to the report, 95% of teens ages 13-17 say they use social media, with more than a third saying they use it “almost constantly.”...

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