Teen Mental Health in an Online World: Supporting Young People Around Their Use of Social Media, Apps, Gaming, Texting and the Rest
This essential book shows practitioners how they can engage with teens' online lives to support their mental health. It looks at the positive effects online spaces have on mental health, as well as the risks such as bullying, sexting, and addiction. It also provides a framework t... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Social work with teenagers, Mentally ill teenagers - Services for, Internet and teenagers - Psychological aspects, Teenagers - Mental health
||College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Description of this Book
Teen metal health is affected by their online interactions and behaviours as much as their experiences 'IRL'. To young people there is no barrier between 'real' and 'online' lives. This book provides an introduction to social media and digital technologies and explains how young people are experiencing the internet in respect of their mental health and wellbeing. The authors cover a wide variety of platforms such as social media, apps, gaming, and texting and messaging apps, and each platform's associated behaviours and interactions. These are based on interviews with young people aged 12-16 who give their genuine views about social media and share their actual online habits. The book draws on the latest research to provide common sense advice and guidance about how to support young people and help them successfully navigate their online lives. Accessible and engaging this book meets the needs of any busy practitioners working with young people, and provides a positive, balanced look at how we can support and engage with teens' online lives.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||In all the gloomy, even punitive talk about teens and social media, this spirited volume is most welcome. Betton and Woollard don't shy away from the worrying evidence of youthful mental health problems. But they weigh that evidence fairly, interpret it carefully, and set it in the context of the opportunities afforded by digital media. As they rightly ask, now that children grow up immersed in the digital age, what matters is what we - the responsible adults - do to support their mental health and their rights. Their many constructive suggestions point the way for parents, teachers, policy makers and others: I hope these adults are listening! -- Sonia Livingstone, author of The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age, London School of Economics and Political Science Understanding the benefits, risks, and new horizons for teen mental health in the digital age is of critical importance for parents, teachers, clinicians, and policy makers. Renowned subject experts, Victoria Betton and James Woollard, now offer the first authoritative and comprehensive synthesis of the topic in this delightfully accessible and engaging text. Highly recommend for those seeking actionable knowledge and key insights at the intersection of the digital world and teen mental health. -- John Torous MD MBI. Director of Digital Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School At last! A practical guide that cuts through the media scaremongering about digital technology and youth mental health, and offers evidence-based advice for parents and practitioners. I love the way that teen voices and stories are woven into this essential book. Betton and Woollard give sage advice: forget about banning, blaming and educating our young people; if you want to attain true (h)appiness you must: explore, inquire and ally. -- Andre Tomlin, The Mental Elf As both a parent and a professional, I love that this book draws on the emerging evidence base as well as consultation with teens, parents and professionals to provide practical guidance on how to promote positive mental health in an online world. It's a tough topic and there's a real disconnect between the generations; this book bridges the gap beautifully. -- Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health Author and Educator Worried about young people's use of the internet? Worried about its effect on their mental health? This book is informative, wise and realistic, exploring ways young people can be helped to be resilient and thoughtful as they embrace the opportunities and challenges of the internet. Parents and professionals will find this book extremely enlightening and practical. -- Nick Luxmoore, Psychotherapist, Trainer, Supervisor and Author
||Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
James Woollard is Clinical Leadership Fellow with Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England. Victoria Betton is a well known speaker on mental health and social media. She runs mHabitat, and researches and reports on mental health and digital to the NHS.