American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Commends Administration's Efforts to Address the Harmful Effects of Social Media on Children and Adolescents
May 23, 2023 – The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) stands in strong support of the recent statements issued by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the detrimental impact of social media can have on the well-being of our nation's children and adolescents. We commend the administration for taking proactive steps to address this pressing issue and recognize the importance of creating safe and nurturing environments for our children and adolescents.
As an organization dedicated to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents, AACAP is acutely aware of the potential risks associated with excessive or problematic social media use. Research has consistently demonstrated the negative impact that unrestricted exposure to social media platforms can have on the mental health of our youth, including increased rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, cyberbullying, and body dissatisfaction.
AACAP stands ready to support the administration's efforts, and we are committed to working with all relevant parties to protect the welfare of all of our children and adolescents. Through collaboration and partnership with government agencies, technology companies, mental health professionals, and other stakeholders, we can effectively address the harmful effects of social media and create a safer online world for all.
Together, we can help pave the way for a healthier future where our young generation thrives wherever they are.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a national professional medical association dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families. With a membership of over 9,000 professionals, AACAP provides valuable resources, expertise, and advocacy to advance the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and improve mental health care for young people. www.aacap.org