June 21, 2024
Public Health/Prevention | Tea Leaves
  • The United States Surgeon General proposed the implementation of warning labels on social media platforms to caution parents about potential risks to adolescents’ mental health. Similar to labels on tobacco and alcohol products, these warnings aim to inform parents of the uncertain safety of social media use for young people. Despite Dr. Murthy’s advocacy, the authority to mandate such labels lies with Congress, requiring legislative approval that has not yet been pursued. In his essay for The New York Times, Dr. Murthy equated the impact of social media on youth to significant public health risks like road accidents or food contamination, emphasizing the need for awareness and precautionary measures in digital environments. (Article here)