ISACS Parent Series - Technology & Mental Health: What is the Link? What Can We Do? Jill Walsh, Boston University
- ISACS Parent Series - Technology & Mental Health: What is the Link? What Can We Do? Jill Walsh, Boston University
- 3/7/2023, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 7th
7:30 p.m. EST
Technology & Mental Health: What is the Link? What Can We Do?
Jill Walsh, Boston University
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We hear reports that technology use is associated with worse mental health outcomes for teens, but there is confusion about how and in what ways technology creates this negative experience. Walsh will walk through what the research says about this link, debunk common myths, and share technology’s often undervalued positive impact. Particular focus will be on thinking about quantity vs. quality of tech use as well as the use of technology as a mood management tool. She also will address the September 2021 data that proved a link between Instagram use and mental illness in teens. While Walsh will provide a research-based approach, she also is a working mother of two technology-obsessed kids which positions her to offer realistic and practical tools as well as conversations that can be implemented at home. Please join us for a topic that is important for all parents.
JILL WALSH, PhD is a sociology professor at Boston University and also is the founder of Digital Aged, a consulting group that educates students, families, and educational institutions about positive technology use. She earned a PhD in sociology from Boston University, a master’s in public policy from Brown University and a BA from Harvard University. Before graduate school she taught 9th-12th grades at an independent school and her research looks at the way that digital media use impacts psychosocial well-being and development. Her book Adolescents and their Social Media Narratives: A Digital Coming of Age was published in 2017 and she is working on a new book for parents. Her research interests include social media and identity work, gaming cultures, mental health, and digital hate speech.