Pennsylvania – The next time you take your child to get a check-up, don’t be surprised if the doctor asks about their online habits.
Along with other questions they might ask about mental health or learning problems, pediatricians are also being encouraged to get a sense for how their patients are using social media.
Listen to the full segment, with ABC’s Cheri Preston and Dr. David Anderson, a clinical psychologist with the Child Mind Institute.
It shouldn’t just be a conversation with a doctor though. Parents should be aware of what sites and apps their kids are using and keep an eye out for any changes in their behavior.
Popular teen social media sites and phone apps:
- AskFM / Sarahah
- Calculator% (looks like a calculator app but can hide explicit photos)
- Kik Messenger
- Live.ly / Live.me
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