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Social Media and Mental Wellness: The Pros and Cons for Adolescents Using Technology

Brought to you by Jefferson Health – Abington’s Community Health Department and The Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc.

Who: For Community Members and Healthcare Providers

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: From the comfort of your own home via Zoom

About the Program

Social media is here to stay. It is the main form of communication for adolescent-aged youth, and it is constantly evolving to be more attractive, user friendly and harder to “live without.” The webinar will explore how various forms of social media from Tik Tok to Snap Chat to YouTube, affect both psychological and social development, as well as how it impacts the overall wellness of adolescent youth. Discussions will include exploring the benefits (pros) of using these platforms, such as feeling less isolated or discovering new ways to be creative. Discussions will also include the negatives in using these platforms such as cyber-bullying, sexting, glorification/advertising of substance use, as well as misinformation. Cross-platform use, such as x-box and FaceTime, will also be discussed.

This presentation is designed to provide parents and caregivers with up-to-date, non-biased information that will increase their knowledge base on the topic.

Program goals and objectives for healthcare providers

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Identify developmental concerns associated with various social media platforms
  • Identify how social media app age verification is not a valid protection measure
  • Correlate how social media influences adolescent substance use

Meet Our Presenter

David FialkoDavid Fialko is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist and a Nationally Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. He has more than 19 years’ experience in the Drug & Alcohol and Mental Health fields, working in treatment, prevention, tobacco cessation and enforcement. David is employed by The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. as a Prevention Specialist. His broad range of duties and experience allows him to provide up-to-date and effective presentations on many health-related topics throughout the state and abroad.


This is a free event, but registration is required.

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