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Kids and Technology: Mental Health in the Metaverse @ 7:00pm

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Parents and caregivers face continuous and increasing concerns about how to support the well-being of teens in an online world. Social media use like Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok are impacting our tweens and teens every day. And the arrival of the metaverse and AI brings additional complexity as teens navigate augmented reality, like the use of avatars and artificial intelligence, and fully immersive technologies, like virtual reality.

The Jed Foundation, through the support of the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health, convened national experts who provided deep insights and recommendations for how best to support teens and young adults in this ever-changing landscape.

Please join us to learn about this latest research and hear about recommendations every caregiver should know, including:

  • What do we already know about social media and tweens and teens?
  • Key findings about the risks and benefits of AI, metaverse, and metaverse-like spaces for teens;
  • Actionable recommendations to support healthy digital habits in the metaverse;
  • How to leverage what we know to support teens as they encounter emerging technologies into the future; and
  • Conversation starters and “scripts” to discuss the metaverse with our kids.
This workshop will be recorded and sent to everyone who registers.

The Jed Foundation is presenting this webinar at no cost to PSP. Please consider a small donation to The Jed Foundation to help protect emotional health in teens and young adults.

JanisDr. Janis Whitlock is a Sr. Advisor for The Jed Foundation and emerita research faculty at Cornell University. She is also the founder and director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery and the Self-Injury and Recovery Resources (SIRR) website which houses resources for individuals with self-injury experience, youth serving professionals, and caregivers, among others. She focuses on using strength-based approaches, including resilience and connectedness to understand and support social and emotional health, self-injury, suicide prevention, and the relationship between technology and wellbeing. She is the author of many publications in adolescent and young adult mental health and well-being and is the author of the book, Healing self-injury: A compassionate guide for parents and other loved ones. Dr. Whitlock works with schools, other youth serving systems, and caregivers to create effective protocols, curricula, and messaging. Her expertise includes building school connectedness, sexual violence prevention, social media and digital literacy and capacity-building for youth organizations.

About The Jed Foundation (JED)
JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.
Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
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