Why Too Much Time on Social Media Can Hurt Teens’ Mental Health
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- In-person interaction: If possible, encourage your teen to go for walks with friends, or meet them for an outside activity in place of video chats or texting.
- Know what’s going on online: Especially for younger teens, it’s important to monitor their social media accounts, even if it’s just checking in once a week. This sets expectations for what kids should be sharing and how they should be interacting online. It might also help you detect any bullying – from your child or aimed at them – before it progresses.
- Model good social media behavior: It’s hard to talk to kids about too much social media if you are scrolling on your phone through dinner, texting while your kids are talking to you, or glued to your screen way past your own bedtime. Talk to them about when it’s appropriate to use social media, then follow your own advice.