Social media creates space for many adolescents to find diverse communities with like-minded individuals, where they can build on and express the different aspects of their developing identities with minimal risk.
However, parents and teachers are all but hard-wired to view social media through the lens of threats and risks, and there is little to provide balance and insights into how our teens can and do use social media and internet platforms for good.
Therefore, the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) has decided to unpack social media and adolescent identity in their upcoming Teacher's Webinar.
South African teachers, parents, and all who are interested are invited to join in on the conversation about the appeal of social media and the role it plays in supporting teenagers as they navigate their way towards adulthood.
The webinar will take place on Saturday, 18 September from 10:00 to 11:00 and will be hosted by academic Dean and counselling psychologist, Dr Jaclyn Lotter.
"Of course, there are risks, and awareness is so important," says Dr Lotter. "On the other hand, millions of young people are engaged safely over social media, and there are benefits too. As teachers understand this, they become far more effective at helping their teen students use social media in safe and responsible ways."
Those who join the free SACAP webinar will benefit from insights and practical tips, including:
- Understanding media and social media literacy and how to include this learning in conversations with teens
- Developing school social media policies that protect teens while also promoting their development
- Assisting teens in leveraging social media for the positive impact such as the Greta Thunberg effect when it comes to responsible social activism
- Promoting mindfulness around social media use and screen time habits
The webinar will be free and open to all who are interested in exploring the thought-provoking and controversial theme.
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