Social media and the internet have become a part of children's daily lives, more so during the ongoing pandemic. Apart from being a platform for entertainment and communication, social media has emerged as a mental health hazard. This paper reviews some published literature on the impact of social media on the health of children and young people. On the one hand, social media provides for cognitive and social development and, on the other, poses a risk for potential problems like cyberbullying, Facebook depression, sexting, and exposure to inappropriate content. Here we discuss a few of the many problems that a child faces in incessant use of social media and provide a basic outline of what could be done to tackle this digital endemic.
Keywords: Child psychiatry; behavioural problems; general paediatrics; digital footprint; bullying; suicide.