As with other technology, such as video games, Aiken recommends setting boundaries on social media use. To create space for family time, parents can establish a “no phones” policy at the dinner table or set aside one day per week when everyone puts their technology aside, she says.
Parents may also want to consider restricting phone use at bedtime – both to help guard against cyberbullying and other negative behaviors and to help ensure their teens get a good night’s sleep.
It’s also worth considering joining your teen’s social media communities to monitor and communicate with them on their terms, Dr. Aiken says.
“It’s an opportunity, if we use it, to have really meaningful discourse with our kids about themselves and their aspirations,” Dr. Aiken says.