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Rikki Schlott: Parents have had a wake-up call about kids and tech. Here's advice from a Gen Z-er

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16.10.2021

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., reacts to Facebook whistleblower claiming the social media company chooses profit over safety.

When whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a bipartisan senate committee about Facebook’s unethical conduct last week one concern weighed heaviest on everyone’s minds: the young. "I am here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children," Haugen proclaimed.

Outrage has erupted over revelations that the company possessed research confirming links between social media and a crisis of youth mental health. Nonetheless, Facebook leadership prioritized profit over people, even going as far as to release plans for an Instagram for kids despite the concerning data.

With unprecedented technologies come unprecedented consequences. Numerous studies and meta-analyses have uncovered associations between social media use and spikes in depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide among adolescents.

It’s obvious that we have a societal obligation to protect our children but many parents feel helpless in doing so. "Very rarely do we have one of these generational shifts where the generation that leads… has such a different set of experiences that they don’t have the context to support their children," Haugen testified.

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Generation Z’s digital fluency can seem quite opaque from the outside, but as a 21-year-old, I know the experience firsthand. I’ve spent ten of my twenty-one years of life on Instagram and struggled with tech addiction myself. I’ve also seen the ugly underbelly of social media’s........

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