Experts Discuss Strategies To Help Limit Teens’ Social Media Use - NY Times, 6/29/2023

Posted on July 21, 2023

TheNew York Times (6/29) reports, “Recently, the warnings around teens’ social media use have grown particularly loud, as both the U.S. surgeon general and the American Psychological Association have issued reports about the risk of harm to adolescents’ mental health.” But “for many families, that ship has sailed,” as “survey results from Pew Research found that 95 percent of teens said they had access to a smartphone, while 35 percent said they were using at least one of the top five social media platforms (YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook) ‘almost constantly.’” The Times quotes experts on three strategies that can help parents “walk back their teens’ social media use.” For instance, “the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a free tool that can help you devise a family media plan, even if that is not something you’ve had as a family before.”