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Discussion questions: Social Media and teens mental health


Curipod generated lesson: "Social Media and teens mental health". #8-10

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1. Word cloud
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How do you think social media affects your mental health?
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Social media and mental health
Social media use can have both positive and negative impacts on mental health, including increasing the risk of depression and cyberbullying.
Screen time can be a risk factor for mental health issues, but it’s important to note that the amount of time spent on social media is not the only factor that can lead to poor mental health.
It is important for high school students to be aware of the potential risks of using social media, and to take steps to look after their mental health, such as setting boundaries, taking breaks, and staying connected to their offline relationships.
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Did you know?
Almost 40 percent of the people who use social media report increased levels of depression, anxiety, and sadness after logging off. Too much time spent on social media can also lead to a decrease in physical activity, which can have a negative effect on mental health. Social media can be a positive tool for mental health, as it can increase self-esteem, help people find support networks, and provide an outlet for expressing emotions.
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How Social Media Can Impact Mental Health
Social media can influence self-esteem, body image, and relationships. Comparing oneself to others can lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and depression. High use of social media can lead to difficulty focusing and decreased productivity.
5. Drawings
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Question: What strategies can we use as students to reduce the negative effects of social media on our mental health?
Look into how much time you spend on social media. Notice how you feel after using social media. Think about how social media affects your self-image.
A: In pairs, brainstorm ways to reduce the negative effects of social media.
6. Slide
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7. Open question
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How has social media changed the way teens interact with each other?
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Social media and mental health
Cyberbullying: the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
Online Addiction: the inability to control the amount of time spent online, resulting in negative effects on physical, mental, and social well-being.
Social Media Anxiety: the fear of missing out on social media posts or events, leading to feelings of anxiety or low self-esteem.
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Social media and mental health
Social media use disorder: A condition characterized by an excessive preoccupation with social media, leading to significant distress or impairment in functioning.
Fear of missing out (FOMO): The fear that one is missing out on exciting or important experiences, often due to being absent from or not checking social media frequently.
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Social media and mental health
Social Media Addiction: The excessive use of social media that interferes with daily life and can lead to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
Social Media Exclusion: Feeling excluded or left out when others post on social media.
Digital Detox: A period of time when someone takes a break from using technology such as smartphones and social media to reduce stress and improve mental health.
11. Open question
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How does social media use at night impact the sleep and well-being of high school students?
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14. Open question
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What strategies can you use to limit your own social media use?
How has your experience on social media impacted your mental health, both positively and negatively?

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