Mental Health

World Social Media Day: How to combat online toxicity

Navigating the digital world responsibly and making safe and informed choices online is essential

Did you know that June 30th is World Social Media Day, an important day for parents worldwide? In today’s digital age, social media has become an integral part of our lives, and parents must understand the world their children are growing up in. This day serves as a reminder for parents to reflect on their approach in the era of online communication.

Social media platforms have revolutionized how we connect, communicate, and share information, offering immense opportunities for learning, creativity, and connection. As parents, navigating the digital world responsibly and guiding our children to make safe and informed choices online is essential.

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Neuroscience and behaviorism specialist Eduardo Omeltech has raised awareness about the increasing prevalence of toxicity on social media platforms. His concerns about the well-being and safety of online communities are valid, with the rise of online harassment, hate speech, and bullying significantly impacting mental health. Individuals and organizations are calling for immediate action to combat this issue. Experts highlight the importance of creating positive online spaces and promoting digital well-being.

Online communities have become central to connecting, sharing information, and expressing ourselves. However, social media platforms‘ lack of moderation and accountability has allowed toxic behavior to flourish. As responsible parents, we must promote positive online behavior to ensure the safety and well-being of our children and online communities.

“The consequences of this toxicity are vast and can result in severe emotional distress, anxiety, and even self-harm for the victims. Steps must be taken to promote a safe and inclusive online environment for all users,” commented Eduardo.


Combatting the negative culture on social media requires digital wellness initiatives to prioritize user safety and mental health. A joint effort between tech companies, social media platforms, and policymakers is necessary to develop practical solutions to address online harassment. Measures such as improving reporting and blocking mechanisms, investing in moderation tools, and educating users on responsible online behavior are critical.

Individuals also have a vital role to play in fostering positive online spaces. Small acts of kindness, empathy, and respect can significantly counter toxic behavior on social media. By promoting a culture of civility and understanding, online communities can become sources of positivity and support.

“The need to combat toxicity on social media is not limited to personal well-being but has broader societal implications. Online platforms significantly influence public discourse, shaping public opinion and impacting real-world outcomes. We can foster healthier discussions, bridge divides, and promote a more inclusive and tolerant society by tackling toxicity online,” commented Eduardo.

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Whether you are a parent or not, it is vital to have open communication with children regarding social media. Honest conversations about responsible behavior, digital footprints, and treating others with respect should be encouraged. By creating a safe and non-judgmental environment, children can feel comfortable sharing their experiences, concerns, and questions about social media.

On World Social Media Day, we should celebrate the power of social media while acknowledging our responsibility as parents to guide our children’s online experiences. By actively participating in their digital lives and embracing the digital age, we can help them navigate social media confidently, maturely, and responsibly, even before adulthood.

Talking about our beloved children, here are some things we can avoid for now:

  1. It’s alarming that children who use electronic devices at bedtime are twice as likely to suffer from sleep disorders, poor sleep, anxiety, and depression. These devices are negatively impacting their well-being and cognitive development.
  2. To ensure our children thrive, we must take action. We can make a significant difference in their lives by setting a strict limit of two hours per day for screen time, prioritizing physical activity, and promoting quality sleep. It’s disheartening that only a small percentage of children follow these crucial recommendations.
  3. Let’s prioritize our children’s sleep and overall health by establishing clear boundaries on screen time, especially before bedtime. Encouraging healthy habits and a balanced lifestyle can empower our children to grow cognitively and enjoy healthier lives. Together, we can make a lasting impact on their well-being.

To sum up, the harmful behavior on social media platforms highlights our need to act and establish a positive online environment. This could be done by adopting better moderation tools, implementing digital well-being programs, or encouraging responsible online conduct. It is our duty to work together and fight against toxicity online. By doing so, we can develop a safer and more welcoming online community that is accessible to everyone.

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