“They agreed on a few steps parents could take now: Set limits, especially around bedtime. Don’t give a young teenager a smartphone right away. Start with a smartwatch or a phone without internet. Talk to your teenagers: Have them show you what they’re seeing, ask them how it makes them feel and discuss privacy and safety. Make a family screen time plan that takes into account which activities increase stress versus provide long-term satisfaction. Model responsible internet use yourself. It’s not about monitoring certain apps, said Caleb T. Carr, a professor of communication at Illinois State: “Instead, parents should engage with their kids. Just like parents did pre-social media, talk about being good humans and citizens, talk about respect for others and themselves, and talk about how their day was.””

Source : Everyone Says Social Media Is Bad for Teens. Proving It Is Another Thing. – The New York Times