Coffee and Conversation: “The Impact of Youth’s Social Media Use and How to Mitigate it”
February 23, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Women’s Careers
Coffee and Conversation is a new monthly series sponsored by the Office for Women’s Careers to create connections among faculty by bringing them together informally to address specific topics of interest and concern.
Parents frequently are pulled in so many directions, and determining how much screen time use, especially social media use, for their youth is no exception. Parents often hear messages about the harmful effects of social media yet don’t often hear about concrete steps parents can take to help manage them without removing access altogether.
Because social media apps seem to be here to stay, this conversation will focus on the impact of youth’s social media use and strategies for how to mitigate it. Tips for developing a plan for general recreational screen time use also will be shared.
Facilitator: Jacqueline Sperling, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and the co-founder and Co-Program Director of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program at McLean Hospital. She also is the author of the young adult nonfiction book Find Your Fierce: How to Put Social Anxiety in Its Place and a contributor for Harvard Health Publishing. Dr. Sperling specializes in implementing evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and working with youth who present with anxiety disorders and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder. She also focuses on providing parent guidance by using treatments, such as behavioral parent training, to help families address children’s internalizing and externalizing behaviors.
*Please note: registration will be capped at 50 people, as this is intended to be a small-group discussion.