hursday, March 12th• 9am to 12pm

PrairieCare Education Series – March 2020 Resources

Teens, Technology and Mental Health” by Erin Walsh, MA

Description: Digital technologies are changing the way that young people grow up, forge relationships, and manage their health. Indeed, the average teenager in the U.S. clocks an average of nine hours of media use daily. Yet while media headlines suggest that digital technologies are either good or bad for youth- evidence suggests that they are powerful. In this interactive and engaging presentation, Erin Walsh discusses the powerful role of digital technologies in shaping adolescent development. Combining the latest discoveries in brain science with up-to-date research and data, Erin pays particular attention to the impact of social media, cell phones, and video games on depression and anxiety, relationships, and identity. Erin will help professionals understand the key ingredients for wellness in the digital age and provide practical tools and strategies that help youth and families building on their strengths.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand what the latest evidence says about emerging challenges related to social media use including anxiety and depression, bullying and online cruelty, sexting and consent, focus and attention and problematic over-use.
  • Participants will be able to identify red flags in adolescent behavior related to technology and explore effective, strength-based responses.
  • Participants will be able to explain why an equity lens is essential to our responses to screen time challenges within families.
  • Participants will gain practical strategies and tools to help adolescents practice and maintain positive media habits.


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