The United States’ top health official has warned of the potential harm social media could pose to young people. While acknowledging the benefits of social media in connecting people, Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general for the Biden administration, is urging a push to fully understand its risks to children and adolescents. The warning comes amid concerns over the impact of social media on mental health, including the spread of misinformation, exposure to harmful content and cyberbullying. Dr. Murthy has called for more research and education on the subject, particularly with regards to young people’s social media use. It is hoped that by raising awareness of the potential harm that social media can have on young people, parents and educators will be able to take appropriate action to protect children’s well-being.
Today: December 2, 2023