How Social Media Can Affect Student Mental Health
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) — Social media has become the primary means of communicating with each other, but it can also come with risks.
A school counselor says overexposure can have a significant impact on teens.
“We talk a lot about social media and its effects on mental health, because students who spend a lot of time on social media have an increased risk of mental health problems, especially depression, anxiety and loneliness” , said Jamie Dieterle, clinical social worker.
Schools have the opportunity to reach out to their students and talk about the inherent risks.
Nice Community Schools, for example, said having conversations with students about using social media was essential.
“It’s just in so many areas of life and it’s just pervasive everywhere that I think reminding them there are downsides, taking a break once in a while is important and I’m not sure the message gets through,” said Bryan DeAugustine, Superintendent of Nice Community Schools.
Deaugustine says schools like Westwood High need to approach the issue organically, which can be difficult with a generational gap, and students at Westwood High School agree.
“I feel like there’s a kind of disconnect between our generation and older generations who haven’t necessarily grown up with technology because it’s just something we grew up with. It’s part of our lives. , so maybe we don’t see the same things as the older generations,” said Westwood High School senior Sarina Maki.
Despite this gap, many adults simply want the best for kids and teens.
According to the state police, the best advice for parents is to use light supervision for young children.
“The best thing we always recommend is to supervise your children when they are on their devices and set limits, especially for younger children, so if they are going to use a computer, make sure the computer is out in the open where parents can see the computer and what’s happening behind the screen,” said Lt. Mark Giannunzio – MSP Negaunee Post.
Social media has some great things to offer, but Dieterle said she encourages students to take a break once in a while.
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