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  • in reply to: Q from webinar: Checking overkill! #1968

    Doesn’t this situation provide the perfect opportunity for increasing parent-teen communication! Grist for that therapeutic mill…I would encourage parents to enter conversations with their teens. Not a lecture, but a series of (Socratic) questions– what concerns do teens have about using social media? Do they have friends who have been adversely affected? Does anything posted make them uncomfortable? What have they experienced in terms of e-bullying? And so on. My expectation is that teens can “outrun” most parents in terms of finding new platforms, creating “fake” platforms they have their parents monitor, etc.

    That being said, parents are not powerless in terms of expectations. This topic begs for the freedom/responsibility discussion — the more responsibility the teen exhibits, the more freedom they will be granted. Parents can clarify homework rules, bedtime guidelines, etc. Wifi can be shut off if fundamental expectations are not met.

  • in reply to: Q from webinar: Trend over next 10 years #1967

    I am seeing signs now of people going on “digital diets”, the survey I quoted shows that this is fairly common already among teens, particularly girls. On the other hand, we are increasingly becoming a digital communication society. My hope is that all ages of people learn to balance the convenience of on-line communication with “real life” interactions, including being outdoors (sunshine!), in nature, in conversation with others.

  • in reply to: Q from webinar: Teens NOT on SM – special case of FOMO? #1966

    Great question! I didn’t find articles that reported on reasons for no social media. Perhaps some combination of lack of access, strict parental rules, not interested? I would suggest that *some* use of social media keeps a teen connected to their social world, the key (as with all things 🙂 ) is moderation.

  • in reply to: Q from webinar: Special Needs and SM #1963

    That is a great question. Unfortunately, the studies I have seen have not included kids with special needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is an area ripe for study, given the challenges inherent to “reading” social cues in this population.


  • in reply to: Q from webinar: SM addiction #1957

    I would use all my best CBT as well as motivational interviewing skills. What are they not comfortable with in their life now? What do they want to change? How does use of social media affect their mood and behavior? How do they want to feel? Are they willing to do a small experiment to see if changing a small part of their social media use will change anything about how they feel? And so on.

  • in reply to: Main Take-home message for clinicians: #1935

    The key is that social media is neither inherently “good” or “bad”– but it is important to maintain face-to-face interactions with peers. Clinicians should use their CBT skills to have teens self-monitor and gain awareness of the impact of social media use on their moods. Remember to keep in mind the importance of “the basics”– sufficient sleep, good nutrition, and exercise, and mindfulness/meditation/prayer, on mood regulation.

  • in reply to: Anxiety as etiologic factor in gender dysphoria #1919

    Thanks for your citations– in regard to your question about we might increase anxiety by promoting avoidance of things that provoke anxiety, I am not suggesting to avoid social media, I am suggesting to use it in moderation and not to significantly decrease other healthy  behaviors, such as sports/exercise, religious activities, and other face-to-face interactions in the service of many hours/day on social media.

  • in reply to: Anxiety as etiologic factor in gender dysphoria #1916

    I haven’t seen any literature to that effect, but that would likely require a more careful review of the gender dysphoria literature.

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