Common Youth Behaviors with Serious Societal Implications - Internet Gaming, Social Media
Common Youth Behaviors with Serious Societal Implications - Internet Gaming, Social Media

Common Youth Behaviors with Serious Societal Implications - Internet Gaming, Social Media

  • Faculty: Traci Nicole Howeth, BS, LBSW
  • Date: April 21st, 2020 9:00 am
  • CEU’s: 1.62 CEUs
  • Price: $24.3
  • Category 1 SDCE CEU
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Tracie Howeth, LBSW discusses risky behaviors, at risk children and the seemingly benign social media platforms and how they put your children at risk. 

Tracie and the panel discuss further discuss the special challenges confronting healthcare professionals raising a family in the social media age. 

Addressing Youth Engagement in Internet Gaming and Social Media: Societal Implications and Safety Strategies

In today’s digital age, youth engagement in internet gaming and social media has risen dramatically, presenting new challenges and serious societal implications. This comprehensive exploration, presented by an expert with profound insights into internet safety and human trafficking awareness, delves into the risks associated with online activities and provides actionable strategies to ensure the safety of young users.

Understanding the Risks of Internet Gaming and Social Media

The digital realm offers unprecedented opportunities for learning and social interaction. However, it also poses significant risks, especially for young users. Internet gaming and social media platforms, while providing entertainment and avenues for connection, can also serve as gateways to dangerous behaviors and interactions, such as exposure to cyberbullying, sexual predation, and various forms of online abuse.

The Dark Side of Digital Engagement

The allure of the internet can lead to excessive screen time, impacting mental health and leading to internet addiction. Social media platforms, while allowing users to connect with peers, also expose them to the risk of cyberbullying, which can lead to severe psychological distress. Internet gaming, on the other hand, introduces young players to potentially harmful content, including violence and suggestive themes, which can desensitize them to aggressive behavior and inappropriate content.

Human Trafficking and Online Predation

One of the most alarming risks associated with youth activity online is the potential for human trafficking and exploitation by online predators. These individuals often use gaming platforms and social media to establish contact with minors, grooming them for exploitation. The transcript discusses real-world scenarios and expert insights into how traffickers and predators operate online, highlighting the critical need for vigilance among parents, educators, and the community.

Strategies for Safe Online Engagement

To combat these risks, it is essential to implement robust strategies that ensure the safety of young individuals online. This includes setting strict privacy settings, monitoring online activity, and fostering open communication about the dangers of the internet. Parents and guardians are encouraged to educate themselves and their children about the signs of inappropriate contact and the importance of reporting suspicious activities.

Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration

The role of community awareness and law enforcement in protecting young internet users cannot be overstressed. Collaborative efforts are necessary to provide a safe online environment. This includes partnerships between educational institutions, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations to spread awareness and educate the public about safe internet practices.

Empowering Youth with Knowledge and Tools

Empowering young individuals with the knowledge and tools to protect themselves online is crucial. This involves teaching them about the importance of maintaining digital privacy and understanding the implications of sharing personal information online. It also includes educating them on how to recognize and respond to online harassment, cyberbullying, and predation.


This detailed overview serves as a vital resource for anyone involved in youth development, including parents, educators, and community leaders. By understanding the serious societal implications of youth engagement in internet gaming and social media, stakeholders can implement effective strategies to mitigate risks and ensure a safer online environment for young users.

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Meet Your Instructor

Traci Nicole Howeth, BS, LBSW

Traci Nicole Howeth, BS, LBSW

Traci Nicole Howeth graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in December of 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Relations

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