UW Health doctor helps conduct research on risks and benefits of children using social media

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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The American Academy of Pediatrics this week announced a new center aimed at examining the risks and benefits of young people’s use of social media. One of the co-directors is a physician at UW Health Kids.

Dr. Megan Moreno, a physician specializing in adolescent medicine, says it’s important for parents to talk to their kids about their online habits.

“I think a parent can be reassuring, that ‘you’re here with me now, you’re safe.’ Also talk with them about how social media is a place where people can share all kinds of information and that information may or may not be true,” Moreno said.

The announcement came the same week that several schools in our area increased their police presence due to a social media threat, which investigators say came from outside the area and was not credible.

As we reported on Wednesday, school districts in Appleton, North Fond du Lac and Oshkosh responded to the threat. Several students shared a social media post about an app called “Speak Up, Speak Out,” which is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Oshkosh superintendent said his district received 45 to 50 tips on the alleged threat.

Oshkosh schools told us they had additional officers present Thursday as a precaution.

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