The American Psychological Association says teens should be trained before going on social media. The organization this week issued a set of ten recommendations, mainly aimed at parents. The association emphasized that teens should be taught internet and social media literacy.
APA President Dr. Thema Bryant compared social media use to getting a driver's license, saying young people need instruction to be safe and healthy. Once people go through the training and pass a simple test they could be given a license so the platforms would know that they should be ok.
Among the issues the APA thinks teens should be educated on with socials is content that promotes self-harm, eating disorder behavior, discrimination, hate, cyberbullying, or that is primarily beauty focused.