UTS Science in Focus: Is social media bad for us?
Are you constantly on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram to see if someone has liked or commented on your post? Is scrolling through newsfeeds part of your daily routine? Well, you’re not alone!
While there are many positives to social media, such as connecting with friends and family far away, some studies have linked increased social media use with depression, anxiety and suicide risk—particularly among teenage girls.
With young people (13-25 years) accounting for 25 per cent of Facebook users, researchers and educators are now working to empower young people to become more social media savvy (without unplugging completely!).
So is too much social media a bad thing? How can we enjoy the benefits of social media - without falling victim to some of the not-so-good aspects – such as cyberbullying or the “compare and despair” phenomenon?
Join Clinical Psychologist Louise Remond from the The Kidman Centre UTS, and technology education expert and UTS Alumni, Kristy Goodwin, as they provide insights and practical tips for staying psychologically well in the digital world.
Date: Tuesday 31 July
Venue: UTS Great Hall
School groups welcome and can be booked by emailing Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org
About our speakers
Louise Remond is a clinical psychologist who has experience in a number of clinic, health, community and university settings. She works with a range of adults, teenagers and children in individual therapy; and presents to school students on managing stress. Ms Remond has also co-authored several books (Good Thinking: A teenagers guide to managing stress and emotions using CBT; Taking Charge: A Guide for Teenagers) and for many years answered questions in the Dolly Doctor; Love & Life column for Dolly Magazine.
Kristy Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading digital parenting educators (and a mum who deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums!). She’s the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World, a speaker and digital wellness researcher, who doesn’t suggest that we ban the iPhone. Dr Goodwin completed a Bachelor of Education (Honours) at UTS and her postgraduate degree at Macquarie University. She worked as a primary school and early childhood educator for 14 years before becoming an academic.