Top US health official sounds alarm on child social media use

THE United States’s top health official yesterday issued a stark warning to parents, tech companies and regulators, saying there is growing evidence social media use may seriously harm children.

In a lengthy advisory, US surgeon-general Vivek Murthy said while not without benefits, “there are ample indicators that social media can have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents”.