Secret hashtags help teens share dangerous habits

Lisa Rapaport from Reuters reports that a new study of secret social media hashtags like #selfharmmm suggests that new technology is helping kids share dangerous behaviors more easily than ever before. The results of this study show that parents can’t rely on social media sites to provide safe places for their kids, and highlight the need for parents to be proactive in communicating with children about their online experiences. One effective response to unhealthy content on social media may involve meeting teens where they live their virtual lives. Posting content advocating against dangerous behavior might help combat social media content promoting unhealthy choices.

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