Social Networking is the act of sharing ideas, photos or videos, messaging, chatting, dating, emailing, and socializing in an online community using applications, websites, social media sites, and computer programs.
Online social networking sites (SNSs) are web-based services, or virtual communities, that allow individuals to engage with other people based on common interests. The most popular are Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat.
The scientific literature shows that persistent and recurrent use of SNSs, and a preoccupation with them, can result in clinically significant impairment or distress. The condition criteria in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) do not include general use of the internet or social media.
Over the last 20 years, it’s estimated social network users grew by two billion worldwide. For information on social networking data, visit Statista. There are a number of topics that service providers need to be aware of when supporting children, youth, and families ranging from the age of the individual, gender, sex, or family background.
Social Networking, when enjoyed in moderation, can have positive impacts on the lives of children and youth. Although there are clear benefits, children and youth who are involve in misuse, overuse, and unsupervised access to social networking sites may experience mental health concerns such as stress and loneliness, increased physiological arousal, decreased attention and emotional well-being, sleep disturbances, hyperactivity, aggression, antisocial or fearful behavior, and excessive use or technology addiction.
Intervention & Treatment
There are several prevention and intervention strategies that can be implemented in school settings, home, and health communities. Schools and communities play an important role in teaching children and youth about respectful communication, strategies for safe internet use, benefits and risks of social networking sites (SNSs), prevention of cyberbullying, and managing the use of SNSs responsibly.
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This section offers a list of different types of measures that practitioners can use to assess the behaviours, feelings, and thoughts of children and youth who are experiencing negative effects from problematic use of social networking sites. The screening and assessment create the nature and severity of possible behavioral addiction, concurrent or mental issues. When results of screening indicate that there is a problematic use of social media, service providers must do the following to conduct a more comprehensive assessment that targets the issue:
This section contains resources, including tips and fact sheets, websites, videos, brochures, and academic articles helpful for service providers when supporting children, youth, and families facing challenges related to the problematic use of social networking sites.