New Study Warns Parents of Facebook Depression


New guidelines are being released Monday that can help parents with all kinds of social media issues when it comes to kids... including an issue being called Facebook Depression.

Researchers disagree on whether it's a distinct condition or simply an extension of depression kids also feel offline. But there are unique aspects that can make Facebook especially tough for troubled kids. Researchers say Facebook provides a skewed view of what's really going on, and some teens say that showing off online friends and photos amount to a popularity contest.

“For some teens and tweens, social media is the primary way they interact socially, rather than at the mall or a friend’s house,” said Gwenn O’Keeffe, MD, FAAP, co-author of the clinical report. “A large part of this generation’s social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cell phones. Parents need to understand these technologies so they can relate to their children’s online world – and comfortably parent in that world.”

The study also talks about the disconnect some teens might feel if their parents aren't so technologically savvy. It may make them feel like their parents can understand, since social media is such a big part of their lives.

To read the entire study, click on the link under Related Links below.

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