Courageous Conversations: Social Media & Mental Health

Saturday, September 9, 2023 — 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Join us to discuss the effect of social media on mental health.

September 9, 2023

Events > Courageous Conversations: Social Media & Mental Health

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Saturday, September 9
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT


Age 18+

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    How does social media affect mental health? Should there be special protections for youth? How would those protections affect free speech and privacy rights?


    Be Prepared

    Prior to the conversation, please read this month’s articles and review our Courageous Conversations Agreements.. Printed copies are available at the Library.

    The Social Dilemma: Social Media and Your Mental Health
    McLean Hospital, MA

    Congress is Targeting Social Media to Protect Kids’ Mental Health. Some Aren’t Sure About the Push.
    Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY


    Dive Deeper

    Optional Reading/Listening

    Besides the resources listed below, you may also choose to do further reading from other sources. If you do so, keep these guidelines in mind:

    1. Choose a reputable source
      Check out the credentials of the author or publication and look for a fact-based article or book. Don’t waste time reading opinion pieces from someone who’s trying to rile you up.
    2. Exit your echo chamber
      Look for a thoughtful article or book from someone whose opinion differs from yours. Learn what the other side says and keep guideline #1 in mind when you choose this source.

    It was a Mistake to Let Kids Onto Social Media Sites. Here’s What to Do Now.
    Yuval Levin, American Enterprise Institute; published in The New York Times

    The Kids Online Safety Act of 2023 Summary
    Summary of bill introduced in Senate on May 2, 2023 See Updates
    Sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R–TN)

    The Kids Online Safety Act is Still a Huge Danger to Our Rights Online
    Jason Kelley, Electronic Frontier Foundation


    What are Courageous Conversations?

    Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.

    Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.

    The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.


    More Conversations

    Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!

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