Social media is victimizing our children, but we aren’t helpless to save them
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If you’re a parent, you know that social media can cause problems for your children. What you may not know is just how serious the problem is.
Social media apps aren’t innocent places for kids to share funny cat videos with their friends. They’re sophisticated data-collecting and marketing platforms that use personalized algorithms to addict users — including your children.
Using your children’s personal data, these apps have the ability to feed kids a relentless and personalized stream of toxic media, including sexually explicit material and content that can push children and teenagers, especially young girls, toward anorexia and suicide. And just this week, the Surgeon General released an advisory stating that social media can “have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.”
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And social media companies make no serious attempt to protect your kids from this content. More eyeballs on screens — however young — means more money for them.
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