Almost everyone is on social media these days, but for teens in particular, social media can be addicting. A child psychiatrist from the Cleveland Clinic said social media, at its core, is designed to be that way.
“These billion-dollar companies that run these apps and develop them actually employ psychologists and people, all their job is to keep us engaged with whatever app or device you’re using,” Dr. Joseph Austermann.
He said social media can have both positive and negative impacts. On the plus side, it allows teens to connect with others who have similar hobbies or interests from anywhere in the world. On the negative side, it can eliminate interactions with a real person, which can play a role in emotional and social development.
Dr Austerman said parents need to teach children about the dangers of social media and becoming addicted to it. He also recommends limiting their daily social media use and monitoring the websites and apps they access. He said to make some rules, like no cell phone right before bed. He also said to model the behavior you are trying to teach.
“Kids watch what we do and it’s really hard to tell a kid to stop Tik Tok or Snapchat when you’re sitting on your phone watching and browsing Facebook, so you have to model good behavior as well” , said Dr. Austerman.