The Social Media Workbook for Teens: Skills to Help You Balance Screen Time, Manage Stress, and Take Charge of Your Life

The Social Media Workbook for Teens: Skills to Help You Balance Screen Time, Manage Stress, and Take Charge of Your Life


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Is social media stressing you out? Written by a millennial psychologist and media expert, this workbook offers practical skills to help you reduce anxiety, balance screen time, deal with cyberbullies, and take charge of your life.

Social media has drastically changed how we communicate with one another. In many ways this is a good thing. For example, it’s easier than ever to stay connected to family and friends who live far away. But social media can also become addictive, stressful, and even alienating. If you’re like many teens, you probably check your smartphone several times throughout the day to stay up to date on the news from friends. But what happens when you’re so worried about missing the latest posts on your feed that you end up missing out on real life adventures and connections?

Grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this unique and relatable workbook will help you manage the stress and anxiety that can result from excessive screen time. You’ll discover how to choose friends over followers, find tips for navigating cyberbullying, and discover new ways to get back in touch with your own life—without your smartphone or other devices.

Social media has an important place in your life—but it shouldn’t rule your life. It’s also important to remember that the “highlight reels” you see of your friends’ lives aren’t necessarily the “real” truth. If you’re ready to reduce social media stress, gain confidence in yourself, and become more engaged in the world around you, this workbook will show you how.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684031900
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Series: Instant Help for Teens Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 355,107
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Goali Saedi Bocci, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, published author, millennial expert, TEDx speaker, and media personality. She earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Notre Dame; and completed her internship at the University of California, Berkeley; followed by a fellowship at Stanford University. Bocci has been a columnist for Psychology Today, writing the Millennial Media blog for nearly a decade, and garnering over two million hits worldwide. She is also a highly sought-after expert for top media outlets, including TIME, Newsweek, ABCNews, Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, Elle, and Glamour; and has served as a recurring guest on the morning television show AM Northwest. You can find more information about her

Foreword writer Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is author of Be Mindful and Stress Less, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens, and the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens. For more information, visit her website at

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

To the Parents and Professionals Reading This Book ix

To the Teens Reading This Book xi

Section I De-Friending Your Devices

Activity 1 Do I Really Have a Problem with Social Media? 2

Activity 2 Living in the Present or on Your Feed? 6

Activity 3 Social Media Culprits 11

Activity 4 Daily Tracking Log 14

Activity 5 Stages of Change 18

Activity 6 Goal Setting for Change 22

Activity 7 Creating Family Change 26

Activity 8 Tapping Your Tech-Free Tribe 31

Activity 9 Setting Boundaries to Save Your Sanity 36

Activity 10 Pros and Cons 39

Section II Applicable Survival Skills

Activity 11 Social Media Stress Management 42

Activity 12 Dealing with Device Distress 46

Activity 13 When Cyberbullying Strikes 51

Activity 14 Getting Bored on Purpose 55

Activity 15 Distracting Yourself…without Devices 59

Activity 16 Reading Books, Not Screens 64

Activity 17 Sleep and Blue Lights 68

Activity 18 Journaling Instead of Tweeting 72

Activity 19 Exercising without Earbuds 77

Activity 20 Tech Time Management 82

Activity 21 Self-Care for Social Media Overload 85

Activity 22 Nourishing Your Body 90

Activity 23 Nourishing Your Soul 95

Section III Going Tech-Free

Activity 24 Virtual World to Real World 100

Activity 25 Making Time for Friends 103

Activity 26 Self-Harm and Social Media 108

Activity 27 Tech-Free Weekends 114

Activity 28 "Smart" vs, "Dumb" Phones 118

Activity 29 Developing Self-Compassion 122

Activity 30 Looking Ahead 125

Activity 31 Making a Pledge 129

Conclusion 133

References 135


Saedi resides in Portland, OR.

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