Pediatricians Should Discuss ‘Facebook Depression’ with Kids

Don’t be surprised if the next time you head to the pediatrician, somewhere between listening to your child’s heart and lungs, the doctor slips in a question or two about Facebook.

In a nod to the ever-increasing role that social media plays in the lives of kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is calling on pediatricians to incorporate questions about social media usage into doctor visits.

In a clinical report released Monday, the Academy offers guidance to doctors — and parents — about how to peek into the online lives of kids without seeming to pry.

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