Social media pervades the lives of teens and young adults, making it impractical to give up, even as it causes harm and distress. As clients look to social media to provide social connection, meaning, and a remedy for boredom, they can become susceptible to depression or a sense of meaninglessness.
This session will describe the benefits and dangers of social media, including specific risks exacerbated during COVID-19 lockdowns, as well as other dangers around bullying, sharing personal photos, and disconnection. Attendees will learn approaches to talking to clients about their experience with social media and techniques to help them define healthy boundaries.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Identify three popular social media platforms, the appeal of each to clients, and potential hazards with each.
- Explain two techniques for starting conversations about social media.
- Describe two strategies for creating healthy boundaries on internet and social media usage.
- Discuss approaches to involving parents in conversations about the impact of social media.