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Impact of Social Media on Youth and How to Manage Social Media Recommendations in Primary Care
June 15, 2022


Research has shown rates of anxiety, depression, impaired sleep, and suicidal ideations have risen significantly in children over the past decade. This has correlated with the increased use of smart phones and social media. Although there are some benefits to social media use, approximately 27% of youth report negative sequelae. This presentation will provide information on strategies to help parents and youth understand the safety precautions and reduce negative implications of social media use. 


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  • Understand the positive and negative psychological sequelae of social media on a child's mental health.
  • Identify strategies to support parents and youth in limiting exposure to social media and developing coping responses to social media postings. 
  • Identify which youth are at most risk for negative sequelae of social media. 
  • Support community efforts and advocate for improved monitoring and filtering of social media while supporting healthy social development. 


Presented by: Terri Matthews, PhD, APRN-NP, BCBA-D

Terri Mathews, MSN, PhDDr. Mathews is an associate professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Mathews received her bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE; her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her doctoral degree in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Mathews clinical specialty is child and adolescent psychiatric mental health nursing. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Mathews joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 2008.



Learn more about this series: Tele-Behavioral Health Consultation Primary Care Webinar Series