183. Healthy Social Media Use: A Doctor’s Perspective!

Healthy Social Media Use: A Doctor’s Perspective!

Are you worried about your kids’ social media use? In this episode of Pediatric Meltdown, Dr. Lia Gaggino weighs in with her insights, thoughts and suggestions. From tackling the prevalence of smartphones among teens to navigating the digital world as a non-digital native, she presents practical strategies for parents and pediatric professionals.

By being curious, nonjudgmental, and seeking to understand our children’s digital experiences, we can build trust and open lines of communication. Together, let’s work towards creating a safer digital environment for the kids.

Take a listen for more insightful content, and let’s empower each other to make a positive difference in the digital world!

       

[01:34 -04:15] Navigating the Digital Landscape: Children’s Online Behavior and Risks

  • Emphasizes the need for adults to understand and engage with what kids are doing online.
  • Explores the potential risks of social media use, including mental health implications.
  • Advocates for awareness and strategies to address sensitive topics like sexting.

 

[04:16 – 07:01]  Literacy and Responsible Behavior: Educating the Youth

  • Suggesting that kids show the cool and positive aspects of their digital life to adults to bridge understanding.
  • Discussing the impact of social media on the mental well-being of children as a public health concern.
  • Promoting the idea that parents and caregivers should be role models for responsible digital behavior.

 

[07:02 – 09:57]  Social Media Education and Resources for Family Safety

  • Social media can support educational and collaborative learning activities for children.
  • Online educational materials offer valuable, easily accessible information tools.
  • Resources are available to help families support children with ADHD through educational content.

 

[09:58 – 12:59] Navigating Digital Parenting Challenges

  • Recognize the necessity for parents to engage with their kids about their online activities.
  • Highlight the risk of normalizing mindless scrolling and unnecessary screen time.
  • Stress the significance of setting a good example by avoiding phones during family interactions

 

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Ep 181. Social Media: Guidance for Youth and Families

 

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Key quotes for Twitter:

“Despite the fact that some adults believe that the only way that we can protect kids is to ban them from TikTok or to never buy them a phone, I think the proverbial cat is out of the bag”…. Dr. Lia Gaggino on navigating the digital age and protecting youth

“You might learn something, and it might build some trust, and it really shows that we’re interested in what they think and what they have to say.”…. Dr. Lia Gaggino on bridging the generation gap

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Dr. Lia Gaggino has worked as a pediatrician for over 30 years on the west side of Michigan. During her career as a primary care physician, she has been privileged to care for children and adolescents, and know that their success is closely tied to mental wellness.

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  • Autism
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  • Genetics
  • healthcare disparities and inequalities
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Mental Health
  • Other
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  • Parent/child
  • Physician Well-Being
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  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide Prevention
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