We need a serious and open conversation about one of the biggest problems for youth and families today.
We are in the midst of a mental health crisis in this country, and this has been acknowledged by the highest offices in the land. Although there are many factors involved, a large body of scientific research has provided undeniable evidence that for any positive impact that technology may have for youth, using smartphones and social media has resulted in an onslaught of negative physical, psychological, and social outcomes that are only worsening for young people.
The time has come to ask the question: Should legal restrictions be placed on minors when it comes to personal smartphones and social media accounts? Here are the four considerations I believe we need to make when addressing this question.