Social media is a huge part of young people’s lives today, and understandably that can cause stress and worry for parents. We often worry about our children’s physical safety online, their psychological well-being and their seeming need to remain ‘plugged in’ to feel good. From cyber-bullying to sexts and the prevalence of pornography online, your child faces many potential issues online that can affect their emotional well-being.
In Keeping Your Child Safe on Social Media, Anne McCormack provides an easy five-step guide to supporting your child to stay safe and mentally healthy on social media, focusing on:
- Understanding your child’s psychological development
- Developing an internal confidence source
- Developing and maintaining secure attachment
- Managing difficult emotions in a way that is safe
- Knowing how to cope and stay safe if a crisis erupts online
Using case studies and straightforward language, Anne McCormack demonstrates how to support our young people as they build resilience and mental fitness for the social media world. Keeping Your Child Safe on Social Media is for parents, teachers, youth workers and others involved in the lives of young people.
Anne McCormack is a psychotherapist based in Dublin. With over fifteen years’ experience working with families and young people, she is an expert on how social media has changed the landscape when it comes to parenting young people and supporting them to stay mentally well. Anne is passionate about adolescent mental health and is keenly aware of both the positive and negative influence of social media in the lives of young people. Anne spoke at the inaugural Zeminar event in Dublin’s RDS in 2016 on the issue of young people, consent and our need to speak more openly about pornography. She writes for the Irish Times and A Lust for Life and her work has featured in the Irish Independent and HerFamily.ie as well as in academic publications.
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