Parents are being urged to keep their kids away if they are spending time on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The advice comes after a number of suicides among teenage girls, which are also blamed on their parents’ use of social media.
It is understood that some parents have resorted to a form of isolation in order to try to deal with the pressures of their teenagers.
This has led to an increased risk of suicide among young people.
The guidelines, from the UK’s National Health Service, also warn against the use of “disturbing or disturbing” images and videos.
It warns parents against the misuse of social networking sites, such as Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Pinterest.
It also says that people should avoid using mobile phones or laptops while watching TV or video games.
It recommends that parents keep their children out of sight when away from home, and if possible stay at home with them.
A spokeswoman for the NHS said: “We recognise that many parents use social media for their own personal gain and we would encourage parents to monitor their children’s social media activity, including any content that may be disturbing or disturbing to children.”
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