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This newsletter contains a weekly update of content from featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

Kids and Internet Addiction

December 12, 2023

A recent survey from the Child Mind Institute found that more parents of teenagers are concerned about internet addiction than about drug addiction. And just a couple of weeks ago 33 U.S. states sued Meta, the company that owns Instagram and WhatsApp, for “harming young users’ mental health through allegedly addictive features.” But how do you know if a teenager is “addicted” to social media, or just spending more time on TikTok than you would like? When does internet use become addictive, harming their mental health, and how can you prevent that from happening?

This week on, we round up guidance on kids and internet use. We discuss how to decide when kids are mature enough to handle social media, as well as how to help them make good decisions when they are exposed to the temptations and pressures it offers. We have some guidance about how to set rules around media, including gaming. And we look at the role of the ubiquitous phone: how phones are affecting our kids’ ability to concentrate, what do you want your child’s first phone to be able to do?

– Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 

Related Resources

Is Internet Addiction Real?

With kids spending more and more time on screens, parents worry that they are getting hooked.


When Are Kids Ready for Social Media?

And how to monitor social media use when kids are starting out.


How Phones Ruin Concentration

Multitasking leads to shallower thinking and more time spent working, especially for kids who struggle with attention.


Social Media and Self-Doubt

How parents can help kids resist the pressure created by artfully curated social media feeds.


Healthy Limits on Video Games

How to prevent (or overcome) problems with gaming.


When Should You Get Your Kid a Phone?

It’s not just a question of the right age.


Media Guidelines for Kids of All Ages

Tips for making sure your children's screen time is healthy.


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