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1 Social Networking in Middle School Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D. Beacon Behavioral Services © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

2  Text, Pictures, and Video  Private vs. Public  Sharing with a community that does not forget Sharing © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

3  Some teachers and classes utilize social media  Listing of tasks  Group discussion  Confirm assignments  Seek help from classmates School Use © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

4  Introduction to socializing for shy children  Increased social interaction due to ease  Decrease feelings of isolation Positive Experiences with Social Media © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

5  Virtual Empathy  Introverted adolescents learn how to socialize  Engage young students in learning  (Rosen 2011)  Blogging can benefit teens with social anxiety  Expressive writing and free expression (Boniel-Nissim & Barak, 2013) Positive Research Findings © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

6  No record  Pictures  Video  Posted publically  Easily shared directly The Evolution of Fail! © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

7  Self Discipline  Increased homework time with poor performance  Checking Facebook associated with lower grades  (Rosen 2011)  Large waste of time  Become obsessed with what is posted  Sleep problems Distraction © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

8  Frontal Lobe not fully developed until 20’s  Responding impulsively  Putting all thoughts online  Poor judgment about what is appropriate  Safe  Respectful  Private Brain Development © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

9  If it is printed, it must be true  Belief that classmates will always focus on event  Lack of understanding that social media cannot be erased, even if forgotten  Actions outside of school can be brought to school Middle School Brain Traps © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

10  Girls are more concerned with privacy  Girls can be more critical or hurtful  Grudges can be held much longer for girls vs. boys  Boys can be more impulsive Observed Trends © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

11  Engage in behavior that is not typical in person  Desensitized to ruthless behavior  Easy to pile on victim with mob mentality  Targets of mean behavior are hurt just as easily “I’m so much cooler online” © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

12  Anxiety over feeling a need to be connected at all times  Do not gain the appropriate skills to have interpersonal interactions in the real world  More about appearance than the experience  Not living in the moment, focused more on sharing it Negative Consequences © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

13  Teens who use Facebook more often show more narcissistic tendencies  Overuse of media and technology by children finds them more prone to psychological disorders Research Findings (Rosen 2011) © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

14  Inexperienced with how to handle Social Media  Distracting and Time Waster  Impulsive and Lack of Understanding  Not learning appropriate social skills Summary of General Concerns © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

15 More Problematic Activities  Cyberbullying or Harassment  Cyberstalking  Sexting © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

16  Cyberbullying results in students feeling socially anxious, lonely, sad, frustrated, and helpless (Chung 2011)  Worse when anonymous with no rebuttal  Victims often become future bullies  Mixed research on frequency of cyberbullying  Harassed or stalked online experience higher level of stress and trauma than similar events in person (Carll 2011) Research Findings © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

17  Today Show story about Tennessee teacher’s picture experiment  Thanksgiving day CT Police are investigating Weston High School  Cyberbullying arrest in Manchester, CT Social Media in the Media © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

18  Sophomore girl committed suicide  Sexually assaulted  Pictures taken  Pictures were shared  Middle School  Hot List  “Bra or No Bra” picture requests Rolling Stone (Burleigh 2013) © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

19  Learning opportunity for everyone  Parents need to be educated  Be involved in child’s life  Talk about it early and openly  Monitoring programs can be bypassed  Passwords?  Privacy vs. Safety Don’t Despair, You Can Make A Difference © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

20  Use in moderation  Healthy balance  Educate your children and yourself  Have proper supervision from parents  Be involved How to Navigate Social Media © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

21 Any Questions? Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D x18 © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

22  Boniel-Nissim, M. & Barak, A (2013). The therapeutic value of adolescents’ blogging about social-emotional difficulties. Psychological Services, Vol. 10 (3),  Burleigh, N. (September 26, 2013). Sexting, Shame, & Suicide. Rolling Stone, 1192,  Carll, E. (2011, August). Electronic harassment and cyberstalking: Intervention, prevention, and public policy. 119 th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Lecture conducted from Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. References © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.

23  Chung, Y. (2011, August). Effect of emotion regulation for cyberbullied adolescents: A structural equation modeling approach. Poster presented at Annual Convention of American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.  Rossen, L. (2011, August). Poke me: How social networks can both help and harm our kids. 119 th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Lecture conducted from Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. References © 12/2/2013 Ryan Hartmann, Ph.D.


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