Youth and Social Media

Youth & Social Media

Community-Engaged Research

In 2022-2023, we interviewed clinicians and professionals who work with youth on their perceptions about social media use. These stakeholders shared about the positive and negative aspects that teens may face when using social media. 

Importantly, the benefits include connecting with friends and having an outlet to share interests and explore who they are. The most prominent risk shared was cyber-victimization and seeing content that was harmful to teens’ well-being or self-esteem. We share more about these perspectives and resources to help teens navigate social media in safe and healthy ways. 

Dr. Heide Rollings talks with eightWest about the positive and negative aspects of social media and how to protect children and teens. (Click on the image above to watch on WOOD TV8 eightWest website.)

Recommended Youth & Social Media Resources

There are many resources available to parents, clinicians, and teens on how to navigate social media use. See the following links for more resources. 

Learn About Our Team Members

Let us know if you’d like to share additional links or request specific information to be shared, or if you are a clinician who is seeking additional training or support, please send us an email at youthsocialmedia@pinerest.org

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Support for this site and our community-engaged research was provided by MICHR (NIH grant number UM1TR004404).