Parents fear social media and technology more than drugs, alcohol or smoking
Australian parents are more worried about their children using social media and technology than drugs, alcohol or smoking, according to new research.
The youth mental health support service ReachOut surveyed parents of 12 to 18-year-olds about their concerns and found that 45 per cent were worried about their children's use of social media.
Technology closely followed at 42 per cent.
In comparison, 25 per cent were worried about their children using drugs, alcohol or smoking.
ReachOut chief executive Jono Nicholas said parents were worried about the everyday use of social media and technology.