Virtual spaces are everywhere and have become a constant presence, offering social connectedness and the ease of instant communication. But the online world of selfies and social media also brings with it challenging situations that can have a negative impact on youth mental health.
The 2023 Mental Health America Back-to-School toolkit focuses on an area that MHA has seen be a key driver of youth mental health concerns: social media and online activity. The toolkit, “Selfies, Social, & Screens: Navigating Virtual Spaces for Youth,” provides educational information and tips on how to tackle some of the most common online stressors for youth, like social comparison, body image, misinformation, and cyberbullying.
- Adult fact sheet: Online behavior and mental health
- Adult fact sheet: Protecting your child’s mental health online
- Adult fact sheet: Social media, youth, and comparison
- Adult fact sheet: Tips to help youth avoid social comparison
- Youth fact sheet: Why do I compare myself to others online?
- Youth fact sheet: How to find healthy online communities
- Youth fact sheet: The do’s of social media
Click here to order printed copies of “Selfies, Social, & Screens: Navigating Virtual Spaces for Youth.”