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Growing Up Social

Is technology bringing your family or community closer, or widening the gap? Arlene Pellicane discusses this hot topic for our digital age.

Webinar Highlights:

  • 5 A+ skills that children need to develop for healthy social wellbeing and how technology affects them
  • Screen time and the brain
  • Screen time and the 5 love languages

If you want to learn even more, check out Pellicane's website (where you can also find her book, co-written with Gary Chapman, "Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven world").

How Does Social Media Specifically Influence Wellbeing?


  • increased connection
  • social support
  • Real-time information discovery
  • entertainment


  • potentially overwhelming
  • peer pressure or cyber bullying
  • sleep disruption (if used when you're getting ready for bed)

The Take-Away

Social media can be beneficial if not used as a substitute for human interaction; use in moderation. Be sure to not become addicted to the amount of attention you get or don't get on your favorite platform. If this does happen to you, seek help from a mental health professional.

Check out the Building Community tab for digital and in person groups that you can join.