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Social Media Wellness
Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World

A Joint Publication



August 2017 | 240 pages | Corwin

Solutions for navigating an ever-changing social media world

Today’s students face a challenging paradox: the digital tools they need to complete their work are often the source of their biggest distractions. Students can quickly become overwhelmed trying to manage the daily confluence of online interactions with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and family life. Written by noted author and educator Ana Homayoun, Social Media Wellness is the first book to successfully decode the new language of social media for parents and educators and provide pragmatic solutions to help students:

  • Manage distractions 
  • Focus and prioritize 
  • Improve time-management
  • Become more organized and boost productivity
  • Decrease stress and build empathy

With fresh insights and a solutions-oriented perspective, this crucial guide will help parents, educators and students work together to promote healthy socialization, effective self-regulation, and overall safety and wellness.

Tips From Teens On Promoting Social Media Wellness

"Ana Homayoun has written the very book I’ve yearned for, a must-read for teachers and parents. I have been recommending Ana’s work for years, but Social Media Wellness is her best yet; a thorough, well-researched and eloquent resource for parents and teachers seeking guidance about how to help children navigate the treacherous, ever-changing waters of social media and the digital world."
—Jessica Lahey, Author of The Gift of Failure

"This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Ana Homayoun gives concrete strategies for parents to talk with their teens without using judgment and fear as tools. This is a guidebook you can pick up at anytime, and which your teen can read, too. I’ll be recommending it to everyone I know."
—Rachel Simmons, Author of The Curse of the Good Girl

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PROLOGUE
 
1. Landscape: What Today’s Social Media World Looks Like for Tweens and Teens
The New Language of Technology and Social Media  
So Much Has Changed, Yet So Much Remains the Same  
How Social Media and Technology Affect the Overall Educational Experience  
Summary  
 
2. Background: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, and Why It Matters
How We Got Here  
The New Social Media  
Why All of This Is a Big Deal in Terms of Tweens, Teens, and the School Experience  
Summary  
 
3. Side Effects: Five Ways Social Media Affects Today’s Tweens and Teens
Altered Expectations  
Mixed Messages  
Information Overload  
On-All-the-Time Mentality  
“All About the Likes” Personal Values Development  
Summary  
 
4. Conversations: How to Talk About Social Media
Understand the Language and the Lingo  
Use the Framework of Socialization, Self-Regulation, and Safety  
Recognize the Importance of Attitude and Approach  
Make It All About Them  
Help Them Identify Their Values  
Encourage Them to “Get Real” About Daily Choices and Habits  
Work Collaboratively to Come Up with Acceptable Use Policies  
A Word About Technology Addiction  
Summary  
 
5. Academic Wellness: Organization, Compartmentalization, and Energy Management in the Age of Distractions
The New Language of Technology in Schools  
How Social Media and Technology Affect Academic Wellness  
Optimizing Organization with Virtual Folders and In-Real-Life (IRL) Binders  
Mapping Out Assignments and Activities  
Managing Time and Energy  
Stress: The Art of Monotasking and Encouraging Personal Productivity  
Finding Flexibility for Different Learning Styles  
The Cheating Dilemma  
Summary  
 
6. Social and Emotional Wellness: Encouraging Students to Be Healthy Online and In Real Life
The New Language of Social Media Socialization  
How Social Media Affects Friendships, Relationships, and Personality Development  
Helping Students Figure Out Their “Why”  
Encouraging Students to Define Qualities of Healthy Relationships  
Recognizing Negative Compensatory Behaviors  
Understanding Connection Versus Isolation  
Closing the Empathy Gap and Cultivating Compassion  
Promoting Appropriate Social and Emotional Boundaries  
Developing a Plan for Guidance and Support  
Acknowledging and Validating the Bystander Experience  
Summary  
 
7. Physical Wellness: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World
The Teetering Imbalance  
Promoting Sleep  
Encouraging Stress Management  
Focusing on Functional Exercise  
Understanding Addiction  
Knowing the Signs and Getting Help  
Protection from Physical Harm and Danger  
Summary  
 
8. Moving Forward: Implementing the Strategies at School and at Home
Things to Think About at School  
Reflecting as a School  
Things to Think About at Home  
Reflecting on the Home Front  
 
Recommended Reading List
 
Acknowledgments
 
Endnotes
 
Index

"Ana Homayoun has written the very book I’ve yearned for, a must-read for teachers and parents. I have been recommending Ana’s work for years, but Social Media Wellness is her best yet; a thorough, well-researched and eloquent resource for parents and teachers seeking guidance about how to help children navigate the treacherous, ever-changing waters of social media and the digital world."

Jessica Lahey, Author of New York Times bestseller "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed"
Lyme, NH

"This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Ana Homayoun gives concrete strategies for parents to talk with their teens without using judgment and fear as tools. This is a guidebook you can pick up at anytime, and which your teen can read, too. I’ll be recommending it to everyone I know."

Rachel Simmons, Author of New York Times bestseller "The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence"
Girls Leadership, New York City, NY

"This is the essential guide to navigating the ephemeral and transactional communications woven into the language of social media online and IRL. I relished every page of this book. It was jam-packed with sound and seasoned self-management and executive-functioning tips and systems. The research and artfully reconstructed narratives, tools, ideas, and reflective questions feed the systematic and practical approaches the author shares to empower students, parents, and educators alike. I can’t wait to add this to my professional library and share it with all of my teachers!!!"

Lisa Johnson, Author of "Cultivating Communication and the Classroom"

"I wish every parent, teacher, teen and tween knew Ana Homayoun as I do. As a journalist, she’s long been my go-to source for advice on social media dilemmas affecting families because she is smart, wise and—above all—empathetic. I’m so glad to see Social Media Wellness is now available to everyone. Buy it. Like it. Share it."

Steven Petrow, “Digital Life” Columnist
USA Today, Chapel Hill, NC

"Keeping up with tweens and teens on social media often seems like a dizzying task that leaves us, the adults, lost and confused--too often giving up. Social Media Wellness brings great clarity to the matter offering actionable advice for parents and schools. In her typical style, Homayoun is realistic, pragmatic and refreshingly straight forward. She gets our attention without using scare tactics and then gives us, parents and educators, the tools to most effectively help out children find wellness in the social media age."

Andrew Davis, Head of School
Mt. Tam School, Mill Valley, CA
Key features

Social Media Wellness is a critical resource for parents and educators who work with youth who spend time online - and research shows that 92% of youth are online daily, with 24% feeling as though they are constantly online. This book is the first to address many of the issues that exist in personalized learning environments, and does so by helping parents and educators understand the new language of social media in a way that is timely, relevant, and approachable.

The first three chapters of Social Media Wellness provide a foundational overview of online culture, and discuss the different ways tweens and teens are interact online - through public profiles, private messaging, ephemeral and anonymous interactions, and using livefeed video. Noted author and educator Ana Homayoun helps readers understand the give ways social media impacts today's youth, and then provides practical, effective solutions on how to help promote the opportunity for healthy socialization, effective self-regulation, and overall safety online and in real life.

The second half of the book provides parents and educators implementable strategies and exercises that focus on how to talk about social media with tweens and teens, as well as how to promote academic wellness, social and emotional wellness and physical wellness in an always on digital world. Homayoun provides practical, actionable solutions to help boost student productivity, improve sleep and overall wellness, and promote stress management.

Social Media Wellness is filled with exercises that parents can do with their children, educators can do with their students, and school administrators can use to design social media and online use policies for personalized learning environments. Sample contracts are provided for faculty, parents, and high school and middle school students, and can be used to create a curriculum. The book is designed to be a guide that can be part of a faculty or school community read program, and can be a resource that is referred to time and time again.


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ISBN: 9781483358185