How social media adds additional stress for kids

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How social media adds additional stress for kids

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One of the things I’m often asked is whether teens now face more stress than we did when their parents were growing up or other generations. And the answer is that the median social networking adds what I call ‘the double whammy’ – what happens with media, whether you’re watching reality shows or comedies, putting people down, making fun of them, becomes… it’s not just in, it’s considered normal. And I’ve had kids say to me they’re not considered in if they don’t play those put down kind of games. Then you add that to social networking – so if I upset somebody now, instead of dealing with it face-to-face, they go on a social networking site and put something terrible about me. Well, when it was face-to-face, I could forget about it. But when it’s on a social networking site, it’s there forever and millions of people are seeing it. So the combination of those two things really lead to more of… what we really call bullying instead of natural, social conflict that helps a person learn. And we’re terribly worried about cyber bullying, because it never goes away, you can’t get rid of it and it affects people all over the world.

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JoAnn Deak, PhD

Psychologist & Author

JoAnn Deak, PhD, has spent more than 30 years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has also focused on working with adults, parents and teachers in their roles as guides or ‘neurosculptors’ of children. On her website is a quote that best describes her perspective on her work: “every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.”

Parents and educators at schools from New York to Hawaii, as well as such organizations as the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Association of International Schools, the American Montessori Society and the International Baccalaureate Association, have heralded Dr. Deak’s ability to demystify complex issues of child development, learning, identify formation and brain research.

Dr. Deak has been an advisor to Outward Bound, a past chair of the National Committee for Girls and Women in Independent Schools, on the advisory board for the Center on Research for Girls (Laurel School), for the Seattle Girls’ School, Bromley Brook School, the Red Oak School, Power Play and GOAL. She consults with organizations and schools across the United States. Most recently, she has worked internationally with schools, organizations, associations and parent groups in every continent (except Antarctica!) She has been awarded the Woman of Achievement Award by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, was given the first Female Educator of the Year Award by Orchard House School, and the Outstanding Partner for Girls Award from Clemson University. She has been named the Visiting Scholar in New Zealand, the Visiting Scholar for Montessori Children’s House and has been the Resident Scholar for the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs for the past five years.

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