Aug. 4, Teens & Social Media

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Heard On Route 51
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Social media platforms would be required to verify the age of Wisconsin users and get parental permission to open accounts under a bill state lawmakers are considering, and proposed federal legislation is also gaining traction. At the same time, growing evidence has established both risks and benefits to social media use among young people, leading to questions about how best to protect America’s children.

Shereen Siewert welcomes Dr. Megan Moreno, professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and co-director of the National Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health. Dr. Moreno, whose work focuses on adolescent health, will share the latest findings on the real-life impact social media has on teens and families and whether legislation can help balance the risk-benefit equation.

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Rick Reyer Producer
  • Kate Spranger Producer
  • Joy Ratchkramer Producer
  • Dr. Megan Moreno Guest

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