Not available August 16? Don’t worry. Register now and we’ll send you the replay link to watch at your convenience.Researchers have known for years that social media has differential effects on how young people think about themselves depending on who they are and how they use it.
There is now increased public scrutiny on social media and its impact on youth wellbeing amid the mental health crisis of the last few years. In fact, Congress is gearing up now to consider the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act and the Kids Online Safety Act, both drafted in direct response to new research on social media and mental health.Due to rejection sensitive dysphoria, emotional dysregulation, low self-esteem, and social challenges, young people with ADHD and other neurodivergent social media users may be at elevated risk for experiencing mental health repercussions.But is all digital media use necessarily dangerous for neurodivergent youth? Could some platforms even help teens who are learning to establish friendships, for example? Could some amount or type of social media use help our kids feel connected? And what red flags should caregivers heed?In this special Mental Health Out Loud conversation, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., will answer these questions and many more from the ADDitude community.
Topics of discussion will include the following:Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women and director of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab. Her research interests include technology and adolescent health, digital citizenship, innovative research methods to include overlooked and hidden populations, and how social identities (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, sexual
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