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Social media makes children depressed, psychiatrist warns kids should not have phones


Parents should receive official advice warning them not to give smartphones to their children before they reach high school, warned a leading psychiatrist.

Dr. Jon Goldin said that parents are forced to buy the devices for their young children so they are not left in school.

The vice-president of the Royal College of Psychologists said the government's advice on giving kids smartphones would help parents hold their land.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said, "Children often say to their parents," All my friends [take phones] and you do not allow me to do that.

"In this situation, parents need the support of the national orientation.

"I do not think we can legislate [to restrict it to under 11s], but this orientation would support parents when they have conversations with their 10 year olds."

Dr. Goldin also called on the government to recommend that children under the age of 11 should be limited to two hours a day on social media.

According to him, social media makes children anxious and depressed, and time spent online can make them vulnerable to cyberbullying.

The psychiatrist used social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter to make it more difficult for young people to lie about their age and create accounts before they turn 13.

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