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Emotional Risks and Real-life Consequences of Online Life

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Recently at a screening at a school of Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, the principal told me she had a group of boys who were posting inappropriate things about each other on social media. When she told the boys that this could come back to haunt them—i.e., things can last forever on the internet—they responded: 

“Yeah, we hear that, but we never hear a story of anything bad happening.” 

I encourage you to listen with your teens to an episode of a podcast about an emotional story of a student who posts inappropriate comments in a “private” group chat and the subsequent severe consequences.

In today’s Tech Talk Tuesday, I explore the huge range of emotions that kids and teens experience from interactions online. It is so important to start a conversation about these emotions, so they can learn to better cope with painful situations elicited from internet interactions, be it small or big. READ MORE

Also, don’t miss Online Behavior, Real-Life Consequences: The Unfolding Of A Social Media Scandal.

-Delaney Ruston, MD

Host a screening of Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress  and/or Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age to help spark change.

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