Media Literacy and Mental Health, featuring Common Sense Media – Shrinking It Down
Today’s young people are spending more time online than previous generations, and many parents and caregivers worry about how social media is affecting their mental health, and emotional and social well-being. Strengthening social media literacy skills can help us all better use media as engaged and informed consumers. But what does “media literacy” mean, and how can we help kids and teens build these skills?
On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr. Michael Robb, Senior Director of Research at Common Sense Media, joins Gene and Khadijah to talk about how parents can help kids better understand the social media and other digital media they use, how it affects their mental health and wellness, and make healthier choices about it. Plus, why the quality of screen content matters more than the amount of screen time. Tune in for more!
Thank you for joining in this conversation. If you have a question about helping kids build media literacy skills, we’d love to hear from you. Write to us!
Follow along with the conversation.
- Michael Robb, PhD (Common Sense Media)
- Home Alone (YouTube)
- The Beatles – Ticket To Ride (YouTube)
- Ticket to Ride (Days of Wonder)
- Common Sense Media
- What is media literacy, and why is it important? (Common Sense Media)
- Common Sense Media Reviews
- Chasing Coral (Common Sense Media)
- 3 Things Parents Should Do If a Child Is Being Cyberbullied (MGH Clay Center)
- Screen time and kids: Parents need to worry less about hours logged (CNN)
- Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground (MGH Clay Center)
- Gaming Disorder: Is It a Real Illness? (MGH Clay Center)
- How to Talk to Teens About Dealing with Online Predators (Common Sense Media)
- Digital Parenting 101 — Screen Time to Social Media (Verywell Family)
- eParenting: Setting Limits Even If Your Kids Know More Than You Do (MGH Clay Center)
- The Immediacy of Digital Media: For Better or Worse? (MGH Clay Center)
- Stressed about your kid’s screen time? Don’t be (The Boston Globe)
- Why Are Teens So Lonely and What Can They Do to Combat Loneliness? (MGH Clay Center)
- Data Show No Evidence That Teens’ Social Media Use Predicts Depression Over Time (Association for Psychological Science)
- Teens Did Surprisingly Well In Quarantine (The Atlantic)
- Fauci Says End to Pandemic Is in Sight, Thanks to Vaccines (Bloomberg News)
- How Do We Heal From Here? – Shrinking It Down (MGH Clay Center)
Tune in wherever you get your podcasts – just search for ‘Shrinking It Down.’
Episode produced by Joshua Eng
Music by Gene Beresin
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