180. Social Media and Kids:  The Big Picture

Social Media And The Kids – Are social media algorithms secretly manipulating what your kids see online? Pediatric Meltdown brings you an exclusive conversation with Dr. Jenny Radesky, where she sheds light on the alarming influence of social media algorithms on children’s online experiences.

Host Dr. Lia Gaggino and Dr. Radesky unravel the complexities of kids’ tech use, from the dangers of unmonitored content to the pivotal role of parents in fostering digital literacy. Dr. Jenny Radesky presentes compelling evidence about how digital platforms shape children’s online experiences while advocating for greater parental awareness and legislative action.

She highlights the urgent need for a healthier social media environment for kids and emphasized the significance of ongoing, open conversations about technology with children. Join us for an eye-opening exploration of social media’s effects on youth mental health and the actionable steps we can take to create a safer online environment for kids.

        

[00:33 -12:40]  Social Media’s Role in Childhood Well-being and Online Safety Standards

  • The role of social media in shaping the health and development of children.
  • Consideration of social media design in terms of children’s requirements and interests.
  • Acknowledgment of a need for universal best practices for social media platforms regarding youth.
  • Mention of a recent report highlighting the importance of social media guidelines to protect youth mental health

 

[12:41- 23:23]  Social Media’s and Mental Health Concerns  

  • Discussed the significant conversation happening around social media’s impact on mental well-being.
  • Addressing the narrative that social media contributes to depression and anxiety among users.
  • Strategies to adjust settings and alter feeds to foster a more positive social media experience.
  • Highlighted the potential negative influence of dominant narratives widely accepted about social media.

 

[23:24 -33:47] Enhancing Online Safety for Children Through Legislation and Parental Involvement

  • Discusses laws aimed at regulating children’s content and data collection
  • Highlights the importance of digital literacy and parental oversight for child safety online.
  • Explores the conflict between content regulation and free speech principles in the U.S.
  • Details the AAP’s efforts to enhance children’s online privacy and protection.

 

[33:48 – 41:52] Legislative Momentum for Children’s Digital Safety

  • Potential legislative progress for child online safety laws, including COSA and updated COPPA regulations.
  • Explores public concern and political attention on social media’s impact on children.
  • Highlights the uncertainty surrounding the enactment of new laws focused on children’s digital privacy and safety.
  • Highlights broad support for legislative efforts addressing social media company concerns.

 

[41:53 – 42:57]  Closing segment Takeaway

 

Links to resources mentioned on the show

www.aap.org/socialmedia (Center of Excellence website)

www.healthychildren.org/mediaplan (Family Media Plan tool)

American Psychological Association Health Advisory on Social Media Use in Adolescence (apa.org)

www.commonsensemedia.org/parents-ultimate-guides (has down to earth guides to the most popular social and gaming platforms)

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Key quotes for Twitter:

 “It feels hard because these products were designed to keep you engaged. Longer time, come back and check more, see more ads, make more money for the company, collect more data about you and what you love and what you might click on next.”— Dr. Jenny Radesky on The Impact of Technology on Child Well-being

“One of our goals is to build this guide of the different tools that already exist on the platforms so that if there are ways that you can turn off different settings, that will give you a little bit more control as a user.”— Dr.  Jenny Radesky on Online Safety and Regulation

     

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