Naomi Ishisaka: Teens carry a threat to mental health in their pockets

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The Seattle Times

Every generation has angst over what a particular cultural shift is doing to the minds of our youth. When I was a kid in the mid-’80s, it was Tipper Gore and the Parents’ Music Resource Center coming after rock and rap for what they considered explicit and obscene lyrics, leading to the first “Parental Advisory” label going on a 2 Live Crew album. Decades later, the focus now is on social media and its effects on the mental health of young people. Given the frequent overreach and cyclical nature of these moral panics, it would be easy to roll your eyes at today’s concerns over social media. Bu…

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