Many parents have been worried about how social media impacts their teenagers. We know social media is used to bully kids 24 hours a day and that it has increased depression rates and caused changes in teenagers brains.

I have recommended that parents educate their teenagers about the internet and cellphones for a long time. They can get into a lot of trouble. The APA is now making recommendations for teenagers

Parents the APA recommends that teens receive education and training before they use social media. Given the bullying and depression rate in teens this is an important recommendation for parents

Dr. Rubino is a psychotherapist with over 25 years experience treating children and teenagers. For more information about Dr. Rubino visit his website at


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