Humboldt County Office of Education: Social Media and Kids’ Mental Health | Prevention & Intervention

Prevention & Intervention Services

MTSS • PBIS • UDL & Social-Emotional Learning

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Social Media and Kids’ Mental Health

It’s probably no surprise that screen time and social media usage are going up (by more than a hour PER DAY in the past two years, according to a study by JAMA Pediatrics). But how can that impact children’s mental health?

Social media is like a lot of activities – it has benefits and risks. You can help children by starting conversations around social media, helping them navigate it and educate them on how to stay safe online with our resources.

The Link below is a toolkit for helping to know what age is right for kids to start social media, how social media helps or harms a kid’s mental health and how you know when your child is ready for social media.

Prevention & Intervention Contacts

Peter Stoll, Ph.D.
Peter Stoll, Ph.D.
Director, Prevention and Intervention Services
Klark Swan
Klark Swan
School Safety Director