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ScreenAgers2 The Next Chapter
ScreenAgers2 The Next Chapter
Mary Slattery
Friday, November 15, 2019

The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles. 

Facts from Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER include:

  • Since 2011, there has been a 59% increase in teens reporting depressive symptoms

  • Scientific data shows that 2+ hours a day on social media correlates with a higher chance of having unhappy feelings

  • Teens say their main way of coping with stress is to turn to a screen—this is concerning for many reasons and we need to ensure they have other coping skills

  • Some schools are implementing innovative programs, such as wellness clubs, where teens teach their peers essential communication skills, like conflict resolution and relationship building

  • State of the art therapies, including mindfulness, exposure therapy, and behavior activation, are being used to successfully treat anxiety and depression and yet many teens and adults don’t know that these proven interventions exist

  • When teens suppress emotions, research shows it negatively impacts their school work and other cognitive tasks

  • Just like toddlers’ brains are primed to learn languages, teenage brains are primed for learning skills to navigate complicated emotions

  • A recent study shows that when parents jump in, their stress goes down but their kid’s stress goes up

  • Why it’s important to help teens get comfortable feeling uncomfortable

  • Forward-thinking, concrete solutions for parents, counselors, and educators