“Welcome 2 Reality” Social Media Presentations Planned

Welcome 2 Reality will give two 45-minute presentations that will increase awareness and strengthen skills in responding to vulnerabilities of individuals related to social media, internet safety, and media literacy. Topics to be discussed are but not limited to: internet safety, cyber-bullying, media marketing and advertisement, music’s impact on values and behavior, and the desensitization of violence via video games. Risk factors associated with social media and technology will be identified and reasonable alternatives that can lessen people’s overexposure to these outlets will be provided.

Parents and caregivers of children and teens are invited to attend. Welcome 2 Reality has examined and researched the impact social media, music, and advertisement has on today’s society. And they state, “Overexposure to certain media outlets can have the ability to influence how people make decisions on moral issues, peer relationships, and value systems. We know this to be particularly true with individuals who have experienced trauma and significant losses among other things associated with today’s ever-changing world of technology.”

The first presentation, Social Media And Our Youth, will be on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 and will cover the benefits/drawbacks, interpretation, legal ramifications of social media and how to be responsible with social media. The second presentation, Support for Parents and Caregivers, will be on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 and will discuss strategies how to monitor technology use at home; giving structure and support with clear boundaries; giving access or freedom in increments. Parent concerns will be addressed on topics such as internet addiction, addictive technology (cell phone, fear of missing out aka F.O.M.O.) and video gaming and overstimulation.

Each presentation will be from 7:00 to 8:00PM via Zoom. There is no cost to attend but space is limited to 40 registrations; To register email Jenn Boehler, AHM Prevention Coordinator, at jenniferb@ahmyouth.org. Please note, if registrations do not exceed 15 people the presentation will cancel.

AHM Youth & Family Services’ Coalition for a Healthy & Empowered Community is proud to provide resources like Welcome 2 Reality for our residents. Follow AHM CHEC on Facebook for upcoming events, presentations and trainings.