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Teens & Technology: Guiding Adolescents Toward Mindful Media Use

This program has been approved for 6 Category A Continuing Education Credits by the National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter, Auth #3507

Social media use among children and adolescents is at an all-time high, with more than 75% of American teens actively using social networking sites and apps.  Many adults are concerned about this phenomenon, fearing the negative impact on children’s mental, physical and emotional health; some feel that social media can be a positive tool for young people today; while many others are simply resigned to the fact that this has become the primary way that teens communicate with peers.

This workshop will explore social media use through the lens of adolescent development, examining the research on the positive and negative impacts on social development, cognitive growth, and emotional and physical health. In addition, participants will gain tools to educate young people on the topic and to assist them in developing a mindful approach to media use.

This workshop was originally scheduled for North Conway and has been relocated to UNH Manchester.

Instructor Bios


Teens & Technology: Guiding Adolescents Toward Mindful Media Use

  • Hannah Mariotti

    Hannah Mariotti

    Hannah Mariotti has an MA in Counseling and over 20 years of experience in education and mental health care. As a counselor, Hannah has held positions in hospitals, health services and private practice. She has worked in both traditional, independent and therapeutic schools with students from K-12 and colleges. Her interests include learning and the brain, interpersonal neurobiology, anxiety/depression, attachment and trauma, addiction, social/emotional learning and mindfulness.

    Hannah currently helps to create and facilitate day-long trainings with University of New Hampshire Professional Development & Training. She also practices as an educational/therapeutic consultant and is a co-founder of Beacon Coaching & Consulting. Hannah enjoys connecting families and clients to the support and information they need to grow and thrive. 

  • Sarah Wagner

    Sarah Wagner

    Sarah Wagner is a school psychologist with 20 years of experience as an educator. She has worked in therapeutic and traditional public schools with students experiencing social, emotional, and/or learning challenges. Sarah taught 6-12th grade and held positions including; teacher, behavior specialist, director of academic support, learning specialist and college counselor. She specializes in school psychology, parent education and coaching children and teens with ADHD. Sarah is an educator at a local New Hampshire public school and is a co-owner/practitioner at Beacon Coaching & Consulting. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership.

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