The American Psychological Association issued a list of recommendations for parents to monitor their kids’ use of social media and if it’s leading to potentially harmful behavior.
Teens, younger kids, and yes, their parents, spend a great deal of time on social media.
With social media being a regular part of daily life for so many young people, the American Psychological Association has issued its first set of recommendations regarding the use of social media by adolescents.
Parents should monitor how their children, especially younger kids, use social media, and they should limit exposure to content that could be harmful.
The guidelines also call for parents to respect appropriate measures of privacy as well.
“Social media is neither inherently harmful nor beneficial to our youth,” Thema Bryant, president of the APA, said in a statement. “But because young people mature at different rates, some are more vulnerable than others to the content and features on many social media platforms that science has demonstrated can influence healthy development."
The recommendations don’t advise parents to keep their kids away from social media, but they do call on parents to give them some guidance before becoming active on social media.
“Just as we require young people to be trained in order to get a driver’s license, our youth need instruction in the safe and healthy use of social media,” Bryant said.
Here are some key points in the American Psychological Association recommendations.