Research and Resources for School Pandemic Problems: Social Skills, Screens, Anxiety, and Bullying

05/05/2022 - 12:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: Professional Development

District/Organization: edWeb

In 2022, educators everywhere are having to cope with kids’ depleted social skills, mental health crises, bullying and cyberbullying, and digital behaviors. Approaches developed prior to the pandemic may no longer be enough to address the emotional and behavioral difficulties seen in so many schools. This edWebinar will give administrators, counselors, and faculty the most up-to-date tools, techniques, and research to address the observed escalation in problem behaviors.

Educators have been tasked with helping children re-adjust to school and peers, parents are reporting difficulty encouraging screen use to return to pre-pandemic levels, and media reports of increased levels of anxiety have highlighted how children of all ages have been affected. Studies conducted during the pandemic have examined these difficulties and developed programming to address them. While some issues will take time to resolve, there are techniques that can bring more rapid relief.

During the pandemic, faculty at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center have been assembling a wide variety of resources, testing approaches and techniques to help educators cope with the changes seen in children’s behaviors and emotions, both in school and online through social media. This session will empower attendees through effective, tested (and often free) resources and techniques that schools can adopt immediately to help improve children’s social and school skills, as well as their relationships with peers, their social media and screen use, and their mental health.

This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, school leaders, school counselors, and education technology leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.