More Information: For Committee Opinion #653—Concerns Regarding Social Media and Health Issues in Adolescents and Young Adults

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to Committee Opinion #653 “Concerns Regarding Social Media and Health Issues in Adolescents and Young Adults.” These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

External Resources

“A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety” Video, Google and Common Sense Media
Google and Common Sense Media have teamed up to create this video of common sense tips and rules for families to keep their children safe online.

A website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, defines cyberbullying, shares tips about preventing cyberbullying, and explains how to report bullying.

“Digital Footprint,” Common Sense Media
This video by Common Sense Media explains the concept of a “digital footprint,” one consequence of teen social media use.

Family Online Safety Institute
An international nonprofit organization, the Family Online Safety Institute offers advice, tips and tools empowering parents to confidently navigate the online world with their children, including specific information about teens and online dating.

National Sleep Foundation
A nonprofit organization, The National Sleep Foundation, provides information on sleep disorders and sleep deprivation, which may be associated with social media use in adolescents.

Protect Kids Online, Office of Justice Programs
The Office of Justice Programs, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides information for parents about Internet safety for their children at

SafetyNet, American Academy of Pediatrics
Find information on web safety for parents and children from the American Academy of Pediatrics on AAP’s SafetyNet website, including links to specific information about sexting and age-based guidelines for children’s Internet use.

“The New Problem of Sexting,”
This article on the AAP’s website offers tips for parents on discussing sexting with their children.

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