September 6, 2023

How much is too much? Teaching your kids to set boundaries with social media

Can short video clips impact brain development? Dr. Jane Harness is interviewed for this Channel 4 story.

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Experts urge people to talk to their children about social media, and to teach them how to set boundaries.

Jane Harness, child and adolescent psychiatrist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, says parents and guardians should consider asking their families the following questions:

  • What do you like about social media?
  • What do you not like about social media?
  • Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation due to social media?
  • What does social media add or take away from your life?
  • What are some thoughts that you have about changing your social media use? Are there ways that I could help you with that?
  • Could we take a look at the settings together, and maybe take a look and see if we could add reminders for how long they’ve been on the particular app?

“There are just so many different ways that youth can make changes to their social media use,” Harness said.

2022 study published by Michigan Medicine found that more than half of the teens who responded said they have deleted or thought about deleting a social media app. Other teens had set limits, changed settings, or taken other steps to limit what they see and protect their wellbeing.

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