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Social Media Wellness

Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World
By: Ana Homayoun

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Social Media Wellness decodes the new language of social media for parents and educators and provides pragmatic solutions to help students thrive in today’s digital culture.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483358185
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 240
  • Publication date: August 15, 2017

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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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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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Ana Homayoun

Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker, and educator. Her work focuses on promoting organization, time-management, personal purpose, and overall wellness for young people. Her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, quickly became a classic among parents and educators for the pragmatic approach to executive functioning issues. Her next book, The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life, explores the real-life dilemmas of young women today and provides strategies for finding authentic success and happiness. Her latest book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, decodes the new language of social media socialization, and provides practical strategies to encourage better choices online and in-real-life.

In addition to her individualized consulting services, Ms. Homayoun travels around the world working with schools, and frequently provides parent education, student presentations, and professional development presentations. Her work has been quoted or featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and ABC News, among others, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

She is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm. For more information, please visit www.anahomayoun.com and www.greenivyed.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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






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