“Follow Me and Like My Beautiful Selfies”: Social Media Use and Adolescent Mental Health
This webinar is hosted by Mental Health America
More teenagers are using social media, and more adolescents are suffering from poor mental health. Universally, social media use became more common during the pandemic because of social distancing and COVID-caused isolation. Social media can provide platforms for bullying and exclusion, unrealistic expectations about body image and sources of popularity, and normalizing risk-taking behaviors, and can be harmful to mental health. However, if adolescents use social media in a purposeful and positive way, it can enhance their self-esteem and help create meaningful social connections. This webinar will focus on helping school and community leaders understand the association between social media use and adolescents’ mental health and explore what actionable steps are being taken across the country to help address these challenges.