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Social Media Use, Addiction, and the Brain

Important presentation open to the public on FASD Awareness Day

Aug. 31, Selkirk, MB – On September 9 – in recognition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, the Interlake FASD Coalition is hosting a free presentation featuring Julie Walsh (pictured below), a child and family therapist with more than 10 years of experience, to speak about the neurobiology of addiction, the marketing of social media and the impact on the developing brain. When Likes Turn to Need: Social Media Use & the Brain in Adolescence can be attended in-person at Selkirk United Church, 202 McLean Ave. in Selkirk, or online through Zoom.

Julie Walsh

Dangerous behaviors like sexting and cyberbullying put youth at risk for sexual exploitation and can be linked to anxiety, depression and self-harm. Julie will help educate and empower participants to mitigate these damaging effects on children.

“Adolescents can experience challenges navigating social media, and sometimes this can have devastating consequences,” said Interlake FASD Coalition chair Sherisse Picklyk Dear. “Non-neurotypical youth, including those who live with the effects of FASD, can often be more vulnerable to dangers on the internet. We want to provide caregivers with information so that they can understand this often complex developmental stage and how it intersects with the youth’s virtual environment."

FASD includes a range of life-long effects that can occur in an individual who was exposed to alcohol prenatally. FASD can impair a person’s physical and cognitive development, as well as their learning and behavior. Health Canada estimates that nine in every 1,000 children born in Canada have FASD.

When Likes Turn to Need: Social Media Use & the Brain in Adolescence is appropriate for all caregivers of children who use some form of social media. Participants can join via Zoom or in person at Selkirk United Church on September 9 at 12:00pm. Doors to the church open at 11:30am – bring your lunch! Deadline to register is September 4. To register or more information contact Sasha at Sasha.Helgason@gov.mb.ca or (204)-485-1914.

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About the Interlake FASD Coalition
The Interlake FASD Coalition is committed to learning about FASD and promoting positive awareness.  Members share resources and information and are provided with capacity building opportunities. Membership is open to all citizens in the Interlake that desire to gain FASD related knowledge and information.

For more information about the coalition or to become a member, please contact the chair Sherisse Picklyk Dear at spicklykdear@ierha.ca or (204)-485-0652.


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