Children are now growing up with a digital foundation and framework for their lives. Understanding how a young person's sense of self is developing is important, but do therapists understand their client's digital identity?
Understanding the digital context of clients is important. I discovered through my research that many therapists are nervous of engaging with technology, and are biased towards the negative aspects and dangers of the digital world. But our world, and the world of young people, is increasingly digitalised and I think it is vital as therapists that we understand our clients as digital natives in a digital world, and that we are able to enter their frame of reference in order to work effectively.
In this session, I'd like to share some of my research findings, clinical experiences, and digital dilemmas. The session will explore some of the challenges, risks, and effects that technology including social media and gaming, has on young people, and help practitioners develop strategies for working with young clients within a digital context.
Purchase book -> (An Introduction to Cyberpsychology – Irene Connolly, Marion Palmer, Hannah Barton, Gráinne Kirwan - March 2016)
Chapter Summary -> Chapter 1 - Introduction to Cyberpsychology
Mary Aiken on Cyberpsychology
Digital Parenting Resources:
- Thinkuknow is a great site with lots of information, videos, resources, and links (for parents). They have sections aimed at helping young people understand how to stay safe (You. Your friends. The internet.).
- And another here, "E-safety resources for teenagers". For paremts' resources, look at bottom of the page.