Mandi pulls together a few different interviews for a panel discussion on social media safety, especially for teens, especially given the recent announcement from our Surgeon General that social media can have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and wellbeing of children  and adolescents.

About 95% of teens today use some sort of social media. And one third of them said that they use it “almost constantly.” Our teens and tweens are facing a mental health crisis, a good deal of it due to constant social media use.

Special Guests for panel discussion:

  • Caleb (Mandi’s son) and his fiance, Amanda
  • Detective Robers and from the D.A. Office, Cyndi
  • Veronica, Education Outreach Dept. Manager at Laura’s House

Lessons Learned

Lesson 1 = Really think about what you post, even on a “private” account

Lesson 2 = Be smart. Don’t show personal information in the background of your photos or share your exact location either. Turn off “Location Services” in your phone.

Lesson 3 = With gaming and social media, make sure that you know who you’re talking to and only connect with friends that you know, or friends of friends.

Lesson 4 = Don’t photograph or share anything that you don’t want your grandma to see!


Recent news about teens, social media and mental health here and here

The Log Off Movement

Apps Habit Lab / Rescue Time / Bark / Moment / Covenant Eyes

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