Saturday, January 28, 2023

Governor Cox hosts symposium on social media and youth mental health

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox hosted a symposium on social media and youth mental health on Tuesday, where experts and policy makers discussed recent research and the mental health challenges facing Utah’s youth today.

Governor Cox and University of Virginia sociology professor Brad Wilcox, a leading voice on family structure, civil society and cultural impact, discussed the direct effects social media can have on young people’s well-being.

“Our administration is deeply concerned about how social media is affecting our children,” Governor Cox said. “Today’s symposium highlights the risks, but also how parents can best guide their children and the role government should play in making social media safer. Our children are the future of our state and we must do everything possible to protect them.”

“Social media is harming our kids and it’s exciting to see the great work being done in this space here in Utah,” said Brad Wilcox, a professor at the University of Virginia. “I commend Governor Cox for his leadership on this important issue.”

Other panel discussions throughout the day included First Lady Abbie Cox; Dr. Michelle Hoffman, Utah Department of Health and Human Services; Ben Horsley, Granite School District; Dr. Aaron Fischer, Huntsman Institute of Mental Health; Amanda Chowdhary, Elementary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Healthcare; Jessica Holzbauer, Huntsman Institute of Mental Health; and Xander Piper, a student at Ben Lomond High School. In addition, Senator Kirk Cullimore, Senator Mike McKell and Representative Jordan Teuscher participated in the panel discussions.

Topics include potential legislative and policy opportunities to protect youth, public health trends and concerns for Utah teens, and how parents and youth can navigate social media safely.

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