Tweens, Teens, Tech, and Mental Health: What the Research Says and What You Can Do
Concerns about adolescents' mental health were already high before the pandemic, with many reporting increased symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicide risk. Worries about screen time and social media were also high, with many fearing that tech use could be contributing to mental health challenges. But how do we separate alarming news headlines from kids' real lives?
In this session, we will delve into what the research says about adolescents' mental health and its associations with digital technology use. We will also explore activities to support the social and emotional well-being of middle and high school students who are navigating the challenges and opportunities of the digital world. We'll highlight lessons that focus on self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. Attendees will also learn about identifying teens who may be most vulnerable, how tech can be used to support mental health, and strategies to deal with social media.