October 15, 2021

Social Media and Teens

No social media for teens is becoming more and more unreasonable.  This article explains how limiting social media exposure in teens can help mental health 

Time was when parents were told that books are bad for character development.  After a few generations, it became radio, then T.V.  Now we hear that any digital media use is bad for developing brains.  How much of this is backed by research?  Is all media equal?

    Brittni Collins LPC at Open Arms Wellness specializes which specializes in mental health of children's and teen.  She says, "no, not all digital media is bad.  What is important is what kids are doing with their digital time. Especially in younger children it is important that the digital can be monitored.  Parents need to be aware of this part of their children's live."

  In fact, in the age of the pandemic, screen time can be beneficial to kids social health. A recent study found that children who use screens https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/kids-are-not-hurt-by-screen-time/ to interact with peers may even be happier.

     Many of our youth spend time on instagram and tic-tok.  Brintti Collins, LPC at open arms wellness that specializes in mental teen health, says," These are curated examples of other people lives.  As adults we are more aware  of the filtered nature of on line content.  Children and teens may feel like they don't stack up to these filtered images.  Additionally, in a world already obsessed with appearance,