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Digital Media and Child and Adolescent Mental Health
A Practical Guide to Understanding the Evidence



July 2021 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Can moderated screen time have a positive impact on young people’s mental health?

There are varied and mixed opinions about digital media. Often parents worry about issues like online bullying and inappropriate content, but these media can also be used in positive ways by children and adolescents. Digital and social media are a vast spectrum, with many different applications, and it’s important to consider it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

With over 30 expert contributors spanning a range of disciplines including psychology, education and communications, as well as young people's own perspectives, this book dispels some of the myths that surround young people’s use of digital media and covers important topics ranging from safeguarding, to digital citizenship and the fear of missing out.

Using reflective activities, practical tips and evidence-based research, this text suggests informed ways social and digital media can be used beneficially, providing vital understanding to anyone studying child and adolescent mental health. 


 
PART I: DIGITAL MEDIA AND CHILD MENTAL HEALTH: DEFINING TERMS AND IDENTIFYING RELEVANT ISSUES
 
Chapter 1: Children, Childhood and Child Development
 
Chapter 2: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
 
Chapter 3: An Introduction to Digital Media
 
Chapter 4: Risk, Resilience and Vulnerability
 
PART II: THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL MEDIA
 
Chapter 5: Exploring the Positive Impact on Mental Health – The Rhetoric of 'The Good'
 
Chapter 6: Exploring the Potential Risks to Mental Health: The Rhetoric of ‘The Bad’
 
Chapter 7: Exploring the Negative Side of Digital Media – The Rhetoric of 'The Ugly'
 
Chapter 8: Exploring When Digital Media Impacts on Mental Health – The Rhetoric of 'The Ugly' Continued
 
PART III: PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR FAMILIES AND PROFESSIONALS
 
Chapter 9: The Role of Parents and Caregivers
 
Chapter 10: The Role of Schools in Mental Health and Digital Media
 
Chapter 11: The Role of Mental Health and Other Related Services
 
Chapter 12: Conclusions

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