New Report Shows Negative Impact of Social Media On Children

New Report Shows Negative Impact of Social Media On Children

By Idy Perl

Although rabbanim have spoken about the dangers of technology for a while, the secular world is slowly coming to the same conclusion. 

Mayor Adams and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the release of a “Special Report on Social Media and Mental Health.” 

This report gathered the data of two surveys that were completed by 22,484 parents and caregivers of children between the ages of 5-17, that aimed to explore the impact of social media on users’ mental health.

Some of the report’s findings include that parents of children who use social media were more likely to report that their child has an anxiety or depression diagnosis. In addition, up to 78% of parents felt that the government should place restrictions on the access social media platforms give to children and teens. 

“Social media is a useful tool to learn new things, connect with people, and so much more,” Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom said. “However, it is important we continue to understand its implications for our young people and this report helps us do just that. Approximately 93 percent of New York City teens use some form of social media and those who use these platforms report higher rates of anxiety than their counterparts not using the platforms. Thus, this report, the first-of-its-kind by a city health department, helps us chart a path forward as we continue supporting young people and families with the report’s recommendations and advocating for greater state and federal action in building stronger guardrails for young people online.”

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