Disconnecting and Reconnecting
A Photovoice Workshop on Healthy Social Media Use
By Linda Charmaraman, Catherine Grevet Delcourt, Cynthia Serrano Najera, Emily Vargas, Alyssa Gramajo, Amanda M. Richer, and Anna M. Adachi-Mejia
Educators, parents, practitioners, and mainstream media often raise concerns about the dangers of social media for teenagers. Frequent social media use and exposure to sites that emphasize anonymity may be risky for young adolescents (Charmaraman, Gladstone, & Richer, 2018). However, with healthy limits, social media can improve social connectivity, enhance a sense of belonging, and provide forums for self-disclosure and identity exploration (James et al., 2017).