Cece is a high school senior who says she became addicted to social media when she was 12 years old. She claims Instagram algorithms took her down a dark rabbit hole, which led to an eating disorder. Last year, Cece and her mother, Candace, filed a lawsuit against Meta, Instagram’s parent company, accusing it of “causing and contributing to a growing mental health crisis among children and teens.” They say the big social media companies have not been held accountable for what many experts warn is a connection between heavy social media use and mental health issues in children. Another mother, Linda, claims social media content delivered to her 23-year-old daughter through algorithms led to her eating disorder. And meet Ian, a father whose 14-year-old daughter’s 2017 death was recently ruled a suicide resulting from “depression and the negative effects of online content.” Plus, Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, shares their new study, which may scare parents. And, two mental health professionals, Dr. Erlanger “Earl” Turner and Kati Morton, give their advice on how to navigate social media with your children. It’s an episode all parents need to see!

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