Does Facebook Put Teens at Risk for Depression?
A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions that social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are often unhealthy environments for teens. Although social networking platforms offer chances for connection and friend-making, researchers note that they can also serve as a medium for damaging offline behaviors such as bullying and clique-forming in teens.
According to the report, teens who spend extensive time on such sites may be more likely to experience anxiety and what has been termed "Facebook depression."
The publication suggests that parents monitor their children's social networking usage and keep an open dialog about happenings in their online lives. The report also recommends physicians assist parents by alerting them to social networking issues faced by children and making suggestions for communicating about, rather than merely monitoring, children and adolescent Internet usage.
FULL TEXT: The impact of social media use on children, adolescents and families (PDF)
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