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Parenting Series: “The Impact of Youth’s Social Media Use and How to Mitigate it”
March 2, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Women’s Careers
The Parenting Series is an Office for Women’s Careers initiative focused on well-being and work-life balance for MGH faculty and trainee parents. Each session includes people with lived experience sharing their thoughts and stimulating discussion on a topic relevant to managing parenthood.
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 session focused on the impact of youth’s social media use and strategies for how to mitigate it. Dr. Sperling also shared tips for developing a plan for general recreational screen time use.
Presenter: 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.