21 Nov 2022

Managing teens on screens

From Afternoons, 3:10 pm on 21 November 2022

Scrolling through social media on a smartphone is like picking at a scab; we know it's a bad idea but we do it anyway.  This is how psychologist Dr Tara Porter sees the issue of  screens and teens. Content on social media can induce self-judgement and anxiety in our teenagers. But it can also connect us to friends, information and resources. Dr Porter says we need to help our teens recognize for themselves when their phones are hurting them and when they're helping, by giving them skills to take control of their own mental well-being.

A photo of a worried teenager girl looking at her smart phone in a park with an unfocused background

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