Managing the Back-to-School Social Media Craze As Parents: York U expert available


As parents and students alike get ready for their first day and week back to school, many moms and dads will be getting out their phones and cameras to capture the moments and feelings of this new school year. Scrolling through friends’ and family members’ social media feeds may also make parents feel  pressure to share pictures of their children on social media on the first day of school.

The following York U Faculty of Health expert is available to speak to this issue:

Myriam Mongrain, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at York University.  She is an active clinician and researcher. Her research has focused on the role of emotional dependence and self-criticism in the occurrence of major depression.  Professor Mongrain’s research has been widely disseminated in empirical journals and media outlets. She is also an active member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

  • What is the craze to share first day photos online?
  • Can sharing photos and viewing them add to anxiety related to first week of school?
  • Can there be a pressure to share first day photos on social media? What is the impact on parents’ emotional well-being?
  • How parents’ and kids’ experience of the back-to-school craze can be different

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