(WEBINAR) The Risks and Rewards of Being a Teenager in the Cyber World


CE Type: SW, IACET, APA                # of CE's: 3.0 CE's      0.3 IACET CE's


About This Course

Being a teen has always been challenging, but being a teenager today has difficulties and stressors unique to the generations coming of age in the cyber world. Those stressors are impacting our youth’s physical and mental health in significant ways, from weakening their immune systems to increasing levels of anxiety and depression. Getting likes, creating brands, dealing with hate and trying to stay relevant during a 24/7 social media cycle impacts happiness, self-esteem, self-worth. Many of our kids are lonelier, less satisfied and less happy with their lives than ever before. How to make the way forward in our deeply connected world is key to their health and welfare. This workshop will:

  1. Look at the battle ground that social media is sometimes, as well as the path to making and maintaining relationships;
  2. Review the latest research addressing the rise in mental health issues among youth, including anxiety and depressive disorders;
  3. Examine the frequency and effect of cyberbullying;
  4. Discuss the impact of relentless google searches and endless information access;
  5. Assess strategies and resources to develop and enhance sustaining connections for youth, both in-person and online.

Learning Objectives: 

1.       Participants will examine the challenges of social media for youth, including cyber bullying.

2.       Attendees will gain an understanding of the trends in digital communications and online relationships impacting youth.

3.       Attendees will learn about the increase in mental health issues among youth and the relationship between those issues and social media.

4.       Participants will learn how to facilitate the building of connections among youth, both person-to-person and in the digital world.


Intended Audience: 

Educators, school staff, & behavioral health provider agency staff.


Instructional Level: 



Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the entire session, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within the 7 days of training to receive credits and a certificate. All CEU certificates and certificates of attendance will be received through the DBHIDS Learning Hub. Once you have completed your evaluation you will have access to your CEU or Certificate of Attendance through your DBHIDS Learning Hub Account.


Credit Statements:

BHTEN is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. 
As an IACET Accredited Provider, BHTEN offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.  BHTEN is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this program.
(0.3 CEU = 3.0 Training Hours)

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3.0 CE credit hours for Psychologists awarded.  BHTEN is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  BHTEN maintains responsibility for this program and its content


Behavioral Health Training and Education Network BHTEN, #1779, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards have the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/22/22-9/22/25. Social workers completing this course receive 3.0 General continuing education credits.

Course Instructors

June 26, 2023

Deborah McCoy

Education Consultant and Trainer

As an Education Consultant and Trainer, Deborah has provided in-depth bullying and sexual harassment, cyber-bullying, and youth & social media workshops and seminars. She has worked for 35 years in the fields of education and training, focusing on bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, threat assessment and school climate and safety. Deborah previously worked for the PA Department of Education, in the Division of Safe & Drug-Free Schools as a Regional Coordinator, providing guidance and assistance to Student Assistance Programs in the eastern part of the state.