WXN Monday Mojo: A conversation with WXN Ambassadors Prem Gill & Bailey Parnell - SESSION 3
January 25, 2021
January 25, 2021
9:30 am
10:30 am
#SafeSocial: Social Media's Impact on Mental Health


Session 3

#SafeSocial: Social Media's Impact on Mental Health

Studies show the average person spends up to 6h/day on social networking sites. While social media enables connections and collaboration at an unprecedented scale, there’s also a dark side to this networked world that’s laced with addiction, depression, anxiety, harassment, and more. By every measure, social media is a risky behaviour like sex, drugs, or alcohol. Since it’s not going anywhere, abstinence is not an option, but you can practice #SafeSocial. At the same time, there has been a lot of good for us in terms of giving voices to those unheard of, connecting, inspiring, and more. How is this activity we spend so much time doing actually affecting how we think and feel? What is happening out there in the social media world and how is it affecting us? Adapted from Bailey’s original research and TEDx talk with over 2 million views, this session will begin with the current social media landscape, explain the effects it has on us every day, and provide Bailey Parnell’s 5 steps towards #SafeSocial. After this, we will host and interview style section with Prem Gill on how she navigates social media as a woman of colour, and finally, as a group, come up with #SafeSocial strategies.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of our time together, students will be able to...
● Understand the connection between risky behaviours
● Describe the actors on social media that create the environment for mental health issues to arise (stressors).
● Explain up to 6 negative effects or “risks” of using social media to your mental health.
● Identify 5 Steps Towards #SafeSocial for improving your experience online.
● Identify how we can all be better role models on social media.
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