#SAFESOCIAL: Social Media’s Impact
on Mental Health
Social media has quickly become synonymous with the internet. Studies show the average person spends up to 6h/day on social networking sites. While social media enables connections and collaboration at an unprecedented scale, there’s also a dark side to this networked world that’s laced with addiction, depression, anxiety, harassment, and more. By every measure, social media is a risky behaviour like sex, drugs, or alcohol. Since it’s not going anywhere, abstinence is not an option, but you can practice #SafeSocial.
How is this activity we spend so much time doing actually affecting how we think and feel? What is happening out there in the social media world and how is it affecting us? Adapted from its original TEDx talk with near 2 million views, this talk will draw from research and experience to illustrate the current social media landscape, explain the effects it has on us every day, and provide Bailey Parnell’s 5 steps towards #SafeSocial.
As an extension to the keynote of a similar name, this workshop will dive deeper into some of the 5 steps towards #SafeSocial including building offline soft skills and holding parties accountable.
It will be full of activities and action-oriented and will leave participants more equipped to use this learning in everyday life. We will participate in reflections, mindfulness and stress reduction activities, switching into optimism, and action plans as they relate to social media.
ORGANIZATIONS ALREADY COMMITTED
TO PRACTICING #SAFESOCIAL
We appreciate all the partners that have committed to learning more about social media and mental health. Whether it be schools, non-profits, government, or corporations, we’re here for you.