The AAP Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health introduces a new online resource for families, pediatricians and other clinicians, educators, and policymakers
Today, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory on social media and youth mental health.
AAP President Sandy Chung, MD, FAAP, was quoted in the Surgeon General’s press release:
“Today’s children and teens do not know a world without digital technology, but the digital world wasn’t built with children’s healthy mental development in mind. We need an approach to help children both on and offline that meets each child where they are while also working to make the digital spaces they inhabit safer and healthier.
“The Surgeon General’s Advisory calls for just that approach. The American Academy of Pediatrics looks forward to working with the Surgeon General and other federal leaders through our Center of Excellence on Youth Mental Health and Social Media on this important work.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has formed the AAP Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health, an online resource for families, pediatricians and other clinicians, educators, and policymakers. The Center aims to make the digital world a better place for children and teens by supporting families, changing the media narrative, influencing better research, and guiding policy priorities.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.