In a February 15th article published by Newsweek, TCA’s Maureen Ferguson writes about the myriad of dangers smartphones present to our youth and how parents must take bold steps to protect their children, in her article titled “Parents, Here’s How We Can Protect Kids From the Dangers of Smartphones.” She writes:

What is the appropriate age to give my kid a smartphone and access to social media? Once I let the genie out of the bottle, as my teenagers turn into screenagers, how do I protect them from online harms? These are questions that vex every parent in America.

America’s 15-year experiment with social media and smartphones has been, on balance, a catastrophe for our kids. The scientific evidence is so overwhelming that U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has issued a formal warning, saying we “must urgently address” the youth mental health crisis brought on by social media. Every parent, every teacher, every teenager knows it. Everyone knows, except—apparently—the CEOs of the tech corporations making billions by hooking America’s children on their toxic, addictive apps.

At a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the CEOs of Meta, SnapChat, X, TikTok, and Discord lined up side by side, raised their right hands, and swore that they were working to make their products safe for kids—just like Big Tobacco executives did a generation ago.

To read more of Maureen Ferguson’s article, go here.