Concerns continue to grow about the impact social media use has on the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents. According to a new national survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of The On Our Sleeves Movement For Children’s Mental Health, half (50%) of parents of children younger than 18 feel their child(ren)’s mental health has suffered during the past 12 months because of social media use.
To best understand how social media is impacting their children’s mental health, On Our Sleeves encourages parents and caregivers to sit down and have regular conversations with their children about how using certain social media platforms can make them feel.
A recent survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the United Kingdom found that more than half of parents believe that social media has had a negative impact on their children’s mental health. The survey included responses from over 2,000 parents of children under the age of 18.
The survey found that 50% of parents believe that social media has had a negative impact on their child’s anxiety levels, while 43% believe it has negatively impacted their child’s self-esteem. Additionally, 38% of parents believe that social media has negatively impacted their child’s ability to sleep, and 35% believe it has negatively impacted their child’s body image.
These findings highlight the potential negative effects of social media on children’s mental health and well-being. It is important for parents and caregivers to be aware of these potential risks and to monitor their children’s social media use.
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