Teens, Tweens, Tech and Mental Health: A Generation Coming of Age in Crisis


Over the past few years there has been an alarming rise in depression, anxiety, and suicide risk among tweens and teens, and many parents, academics and health professionals believe heavy technology and social media use is the cause of this current adolescent mental health crisis. Enter the global pandemic of 2020, when literally overnight schools, peer networks, workplaces, and communities were pushed entirely online and societal structures and stability became unmoored. Parents, educators, and adolescents themselves now face unprecedented instability and uncertainty, a recipe for toxic stress, trauma and anxiety.

To understand how we can best support adolescents and develop guardrails for the future, Common Sense generated the Tweens, Teens, Tech, and Mental Health report. The report synthesizes what is known about adolescents’ mental health and its associations with digital technology use. Perhaps most importantly, the report provides guidance to identify those who may be most vulnerable, signal when parents should be concerned, and outline what stakeholders can do to help.

Please join Common Sense for a presentation of the new research followed by a conversation with experts and teens about how best to support adolescents in an increasingly digital world that is both unequal and uncertain.


Conversation with Common Sense brings together authors, experts, and thought leaders for meaningful and timely dialogue on what it means to raise healthy and happy kids in the digital age. This (now-virtual) speaker series features tips and advice on keeping kids engaged, entertained, and learning while at home, as well as best practices for managing stress and self-care for the whole family during increasingly challenging times.

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  1. Olif Spear says

    What would be an alternative for teens to use in place of social media? If you can't answer this question on the air, please send the answer directly to me anytime this afternoon at 062902@gmail.com. Thank you! -Sherry

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