(WEBINAR) Youth and Social Media Addiction: What Is It and What Do We Do About It?


# of CE's: 3.0

0.3 IACET CE's

This training runs from 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

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


About This Course

Youth in the U.S. average 44 hours weekly in media use – social media, Internet, gaming, TV.  In one recent study, nearly 23% of those same youth report they feel “addicted to video games”.  Digital media and youth are often seen as synonymous, but when that media use becomes excessive there can be ill-effects in many aspects of their lives.  Some of those difficulties are decreased or poor academic performance, deterioration in peer and family relationships, behavioral problems, physical health issues, developmental delays, and difficulty with psychosocial adjustments.  While access to digital speech and online use is now essential to the education of youth, it is also fun and entertaining, as well as an introduction to a world different than their own.

Internet addiction, or Internet Addiction Disorder speaks to a range of impulse-control problems.  This workshop will address:

  • Definition, signs and symptoms of internet, social media and gaming addiction;
  • The use and abuse of digital devices and social media among youth;
  • Online risks, such as harassment, cyberbullying, and sexual solicitation.
  • Positive aspects of Internet and Digital Media use by youth;
  • Strategies for addressing Internet addiction, and problematic Digital Media use;
  • Prevention and education programs.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe addiction to the Internet and social media.
  2. Identify the risks from excessive online use.
  3. Outline strategies and resources to address online addiction.


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

January 11, 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.