Behind the Screen: Understanding the Power of Social Media in Young Peoples' Lives
Presenter: Rosalind Wiseman

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How is social media influencing children and teens identity development, friendships, and conflict with other people? While young people are using social media to express their creativity and connect with others, many young people's preoccupation with curating the ideal image to gain and maintain a sense of belonging, approval can drive their insecurity and anxiety. In this webinar, Rosalind Wiseman will share insights from teens about the impact of social media on young people's social dynamics, relationships and friendships through their social media platforms.

Rosalind will also…

  • Examine latest developments in young people's use of social media and its connection to identity development and group social dynamics.
  • Identify how social media interactions between students impact on the school community.
  • Share strategies for middle schoolers to responsibly handle conflicts on social media.
  • Highlight why adults efforts to communicate with young people about social media can be so challenging and provide participants with effective alternatives so young people don't so easily shut down and disengage.
Rosalind Wiseman
Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens' emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media, and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens. Rosalind is the founder of Cultures of Dignity and is the author of the flexible, dynamic curriculum Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice. She is also the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls.
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