How To Support Youth As They Engage with Social Media

Content on social media can be funny and inspiring, but it can also be confusing, or even risky. How can parents and teens be prepared to recognize and respond in healthy ways? Parents, caregivers and providers play an important role in guiding how teens use social media, but it can be hard to know where to start!

Join Dusty Jepkema, LMSW, clinical social worker at Integrated Services of Kalamazoo, and Amanda Stark, project manager, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health for How to Support Youth as They Engage With Social Media. This live virtual event on Monday, June 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET, will explore how social media impacts youth in different ways and how to bring a culturally responsive lens to the conversation.

The webinar will also explore how to respond when a young person encounters harmful content and how to recognize when they may need extra support. Presenters will discuss how providers can empower youth and their families to use social media in a way that feels positive and healthy.

Want to Delve Further?

Continue the conversation with Stark and Jepkema in the Open Discussion on Friday, June 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. This will be a chance to ask follow-up questions and discuss what you have learned.

Funding for the Center of Excellence was made possible by Grant No. SM087180 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.

Center of Excellence Social Media and Youth Mental Health from the American Academy of Pediatrics. SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.