In the last decade, social media has quickly become synonymous with the internet. Studies show that the average person spends almost two hours per day on social networking sites. While social media is enabling connections, collaboration and opportunities at an unprecedented scale, there’s also dark side to this networked world. How is our use of social media affecting us on a personal level? How is it affecting our mental health or our students and their mental health? Through research and experience, “The Dark Side of Social Media” will examine the current social media landscape, explain the undesired effects it has on us every day and provide next steps for how to improve this situation.
By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify the ways in which cyberbullying and online harassment presents itself online, and how often.
2. Identify the impact of cyberbullying and online harassment on our mental health and personal, professional and academic lives.
3. Understand how we can help our students overcome the troubles that come with cyberbullying and online harassment.