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Social Media and Mental Health

Oct 14, 2021

You may have heard about the whistleblower from Facebook who revealed that the company knew their algorithm was bad for public health, particularly adolescent mental health. Of course, there's much more to this story.

So, what can we learn from all this? And, most importantly, what actions can we take to use social media more mindfully and in healthier ways?

We'll dig into those questions in the video below. Below the video you'll find the resources we noted in the chat along with additional resources to support you.



Adults and Social Media Use:

Facts About Screen Time for Kids and Teens

ADHD and Media Use

Tips For Parents

A Note About Social Skills...

Kids and teens are experiencing a large part of their social and emotional development online. When kids /teens use digital communication forms consistently, it can negatively effect social skills because they are more likely to miss nonverbal and social cues that occur in offline (in-person) interactions. Interacting with other people online can have benefits for children with social anxiety, but it's different than an “in-person” interaction.

When we communicate electronically we experience the interaction differently because there are less observed nonverbal cues, less noticing of body language, a sense of greater anonymity, and no physical touch involved. (Liberman & Schroeder, 2020). In-person interactions are multisensory experiences that online experiences cannot replicate (even VR). Kids need a balance of these interactions. More on this: 



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