Possible legislation by U.S. Congress and EU to force tech companies to do a better job protecting children
Increased surveillance of children by schools?
Better training of school employees to recognize symptoms and warning signs
More effective education regarding mental health; destigmatize
Encourage students to seek help for themselves or their classmates
Mental health days?
** Not going to school may not be the best answer
21 March 2022 -- Kids, teens and mental health: Parents report challenges in screening, getting care
** "Even before the pandemic, mental health disorders in adolescents, such as depression and anxiety, were prevalent,” said Mott Poll co-director and Mott pediatrician Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H."
** "The pandemic caused significant stress and social disruption for kids that likely exacerbated these problems, as we’re seeing a growing number of young people face mental health concerns. This places a heavier burden on parents, health providers and other trusted adults in their lives to be aware of potential warning signs."
16 March 2022 -- Social Media and Kids’ Mental Health: Q&A with Jean Twenge
** "Among teens, heavy users of social media (five-plus hours a day) are twice as likely to be depressed as non-users. Facebook's own research found that using Instagram led to body image issues for many teen girls. Screen time in general (TV, gaming, texting) is also linked to depression, but not as strongly."
14 March 2022 -- Study: Social Media Didn’t Cause Teens’ Pandemic Stress
** "A new study did not find evidence of a direct link between teens’ increased use of social technology during the COVID-19 pandemic and changes to their well-being."
** "Although the teens showed more problematic social technology behaviors overall, these behaviors were not necessarily linked to increased social anxiety, loneliness, or depression."
** "Social technology can have a negative impact on any person’s well-being, but it can also be beneficial. The outcome depends on many factors and can’t be predicted just by looking at how often a person uses social media."