Newsletter | October 2017

A Letter from the Editor

Hello iDrive Agent!

I confess. I’m a social media enthusiast. I’ve spent hours planning out Instagram posts, interacting with mutuals on Twitter, and keeping streaks on Snapchat. After conducting some research on teens and social media for this iDrive Edition, I’ve discovered that many teens share my enthusiasm, and perhaps you do, too. Social media is a great platform to strengthen relationships, create a self-identity, and keep in touch with friends, family, and acquaintances. However, we also must take into account that overuse of our smartphones and social media can have detrimental effects on our health and well-being. I’ll admit that I’ve sat in first period half asleep, regretting my decision to stay up late the night before to scroll through Twitter or watch videos on Instagram. Social media can be habit-forming, but the need to be constantly validated by others on social media can indicate that habits are crossing the line into an unhealthy reliance on social media for self-worth which can have a detrimental affect on one’s mental state.

In this edition of the iDrive Newsletter, we feature an article detailing the effects of social media on teens in relation to mental health. Unfortunately, cyberbullying is also a serious issue that has been present ever since the “old days” of Myspace and the early roots of Facebook. We’ll give you some ideas on how to make sure you are using social media in a way that is beneficial to yourself and others, and what you can do about this issue.

Our vision is that you will be inspired to share with us your stories of struggle and triumph regarding social media and mental health by writing to the online community of iDrive. That’s why we’ve included 7 Tips to Write for the Web for iDrive Agents like you! In this article, you’ll get some expert advice on how to transform your written ideas with eye-catching design and interactive elements that will engage readers to dive in to your digital publications and share your written work online.

Don’t miss out on what’s happening in October! Our iDrive Student Advisory Board has an important message regarding awareness months that focus on Cyber Security and Cyber Bullying Awareness and Prevention.

In this Edition:

Featured Article: Social Media and Teen Mental Health:

In this article, we discuss how online shaming, cyberbullying, body image, feeling excluded or the “fear of missing out” can lead to anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Discover what experts say about social media and teen mental health, and find out ways to help yourself and others develop a healthy self-concept and overall well-being. Go To Article →

5 Things You Can Do About Social Media & Teen Mental Health
iDrive Agent: 7 Tips to Write for the Web:

Do you have a story to share? Are you passionate about a cause? You can use the skills you have been mandatorily cultivating in school to raise awareness about an issue that matters to you. This article provides tips to use specifically for online publication. Discover new tricks to turn your big block of text into an engaging piece to share on the Web! Go To Article →

iDrive Student Advisory Board: October Happenings:

While you’re getting pumped up for Halloween, keep in mind some important October Awareness Months! Our Student Advisory Board wants to give you a heads-up on two important topics: encouraging teens to take note of Cyber Security Awareness, and the challenging issue of Cyber Bullying. Go To Article →

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