Parenting With a Purpose: TikTok Is Not Therapy!
TikTok videos with the hashtag #mentalhealth have wracked up more the 37 billion views.
For younger viewers, it can be easy to believe everything you see and hear even when it’s not coming from a reliable source.
So how do you talk to your children about TikTok as a tool?
Reena B. Patel (LEP, BCBA) renowned parenting and school psychologist, board-certified behavior analyst, and author of Winnie & Her Worries shares some pointers on how to speak to your children on the content of TikTok.
- Be careful about who you take advice from. The wrong information about how to handle these conditions can damage people more. Always talk to a mental health provider if you have real concerns.
- Don’t use TikTok as your only form of “therapy.” “If you are struggling with a mental health condition, reach out and find a therapist.
- Do more research and know the facts– If you have a question about a condition, research the evidence-based treatment for it, as well as ways to get access. Yes, you can relate to the symptoms, but do not self diagnose- seek a professional to help. The information shared by a user is not enough for one to self diagnose themselves.
- The social platform should have mental health resources for users and a team who monitor the content.
- It can be educational: One of the main benefits of talking about mental health on TikTok is that users are exposed to people with different conditions, more awareness
- Validation. Those who may be feeling alone in their struggles often can find the validation they need
- Finding a sense of community and support they may not be getting elsewhere
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