Social Media Use and Youth Mental Health. A Parent's Guide

A Compassionate Guide for Parents and Caregivers on How to Navigate Social Media's Impact on Young People's Mental Health

Non-Fiction - Parenting
174 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2024
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Author Biography

Tina Shelton is a public speaker, and an expert in education and teaching, with over 20 years of experience and a background in social research and investigative journalism. She is passionate about helping people improve their overall well-being by sharing simple steps to enhance their physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Tina is devoted to empowering parents to identify and address the adverse impact of social media on their children's mental well-being while advocating for sustained positive digital conduct. Her publication, "Social Media Use and Youth Mental Health: A Parent's Guide," is precisely geared towards achieving this objective. Furthermore, she aims to instruct young individuals in cultivating healthy social media practices to enhance their mental wellness with her publication, "Social Media Use Wellbeing Workbook for Teens and Pre-teens."

Tina understands that her work is immensely empowering and invaluable to families and communities. She hopes individuals can use it to transform their circumstances into strength.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Zahid Sheikh for Readers' Favorite

Social Media Use and Youth Mental Health by Tina Shelton is a one-stop book that provides clear and detailed information regarding the critical and sensitive interface between social media and the mental well-being of youths. This book is divided into many different sections that consider the various ways that digital platforms can positively and negatively affect youths’ mental health. In a relevant and realistic manner, it addresses numerous themes, including social media pressure, the psychological impact of cyberbullying, and FOMO. It also includes helpful tips for parents and educators on how to build digital protective factors or the ability to stay safe, designate positive uses of technology, and establish rules that contribute to healthy digital citizenship for children and teenagers. The book is filled with various examples, outcomes of surveys, as well as opinions of different experts which makes the book helpful for anyone who cares about the future generation and their mental state in a world full of digital technologies.

Tina Shelton employs a logical progression from concepts derived from current research to real-life experiences. The book is comprehensive in its organization, with chapters from newest to oldest, in a way that makes the complexity of these issues understandable. The practical suggestions offered by the author are both sensible and understanding of the difficulties that parents and educators encounter in terms of child technology use. I highly recommend Social Media Use and Youth Mental Health to parents and caregivers who wish to make informed decisions regarding the use of social media in their homes and society.