Social media has become embedded within kids’ lives as they use technology for everything from education to social time.
Today’s social media platforms are causing significant harm to children and youth. Social media affects attention spans, self image, and social skills and leads to cyberbullying, depression, and influencer culture.
Social media use has skyrocketed but exposure to unrestrained levels of digital technology can have serious long-term consequences for children’s development, creating permanent changes in brain structure that impact how children will think, feel, and act throughout their lives.
Despite the known harms of excessive social media use for youth, tech platforms are still incentivized to maximize attention. Platforms use addictive design and targeted content to hijack attention and increase time on platforms. Kids also learn that in order to be heard online, they must compete for attention via likes, comments, and performative behavior.
This race for attention creates a downward spiral of real-world harm that jeopardizes the overall safety and well-being of future generations.