Living in a Digital World
May is mental health awareness month. Numerous agencies across the nation have joined forces to raise awareness about mental health. Together they educate the public and advocate for changes that can support millions of people affected by mental illness.
One such agency is the Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County. They are bringing an important message to the Bradford Area Public Library on Wednesday, May 3 during their 6:00 PM program, Living in a Digital World. All area parents, grandparents, educators, and other caring adults are invited to join the presentation that will cover a variety of topics related to internet and social media safety.
According to several nationally recognized sources, information overload and excessive social media usage is a prevailing cause of depression among teenagers. Years ago, life was simple with teenagers interacting solely with their nuclear family, a few friends, and their teachers at school. Today’s young adult is bombarded by thousands of messages on a daily basis in our fast-paced society. Consuming too much information, more than an individual needs or the brain can process, puts a strain on emotional and mental health. Information today is readily available and easily accessible; and today’s teen has the internet at their fingertips when they’re equipped with the ever-present smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Teens benefit from engaged adults who can help them navigate the onslaught of data; adults who establish perimeters of usage, and can discern between irrelevant, negative messages and ones that foster learning and positivity. Wednesday’s program, Living in a Digital World will better equip adults with tools and conversation starters to help teens develop their own abilities of discernment.
This free, in-person program is available to all and does not require registration.