In light of Mental Health Month, we wanted to share a few articles that highlight the addictive nature of social media, as well as mention some tips and tricks on how to manage your child’s and your own digital usage.
As always there will be the TL;DR takeaways, accompanied by a feel good story and a tip of the week. Compiled in an easy to read list, here are your much anticipated 5 things to know: Mental health awareness edition.
This Weeks Top Reads
How does using social media affect our mental health?
via Global News
There is evidence that seeing stories about devastating tragedies frequently has an impact on us. With news spreading so quickly, people are inundated with news through various social channels, making it difficult to think of anything else.
“In some cases, we kind of become a little bit obsessed.” Marie Leanen a Lethbridge College Health and Wellness instructor believes that sometimes feeling connected to the bigger picture can be positive, but other times, it can be problematic.
Brad Hagen, a psychologist, believes that an online connection has the potential to put stress on a person’s mental health. He believes that this stress comes from social comparison that makes us feel like we don’t measure up.
How to Curb Smartphone Addiction
A key problem of smartphone addiction is: fear of missing out (FoMO) –You may now roll your eyes. This may seem like a ridiculous reason as to why we are glued to our devices, but smartphones and their apps are designed to be addictive, and to keep us using them as long as possible. Here are some tips to help curb and prevent an unhealthy dependence on your smartphone and increase your chance of Joy of Missing Out (JoMO).
- Disable auto-sync (push notifications)
- Turn off active display
- Uninstall your social apps
- Basic modes
- Night mode
Google wants to cure your phone addiction. How about that for irony?
via The Guardian
Google is coming to the rescue to try to improve our “digital wellbeing” by introducing changes to its software such as its dashboard app that will allow you to monitor the time you spend on your smartphone. Ironically, Google has helped in getting us hooked on tech, and now it’s looking to wean us off — by using more tech. With public interests shifting from a work-life balance to a tech-life balance, Google is offering its assistance.
Friday's Feel Good Story
Lemon: Aid Warriors
Lulu Cerone an 18-year-old, is showing kids how to save the world, one small project at a time. “This event showed us how empowering it was to realize that we already had the skills to create tangible good in the world,” Lulu explains. “We didn’t have to wait till we were adults.”
Tip of the Week
How to protect your kid from cyberbullying with the Kidgy parental control app
A family-friendly parental software is now making it easier for parents to monitor their child’s online life. Kidgy is an app that manages screen time, online activities, and can put filters on your child’s internet access. The various features are set in place to protect children from cyberbullying via social media and direct messaging.