The ups and downs of social media

In this season’s final full episode of “On Our Minds,” Noah and Zion talk about the positives and negatives of social media, and share stories from teens grappling with the effects of information overload on their mental health. Special guest Jeffrey Donald, who coordinates mindfulness practices for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, explains the benefits of activities such as yoga and meditation to find balance in our hyperconnected worlds. 

Stories in this episode were produced by Caroline from McCallum High School in Austin, Texas, with help from Connect Educator David Winters; Isabel from Independence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina with help from Connected Educator Marie Worsley-Matthews; Steven from Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas with help from Connected Educator David Robb. 

This episode was produced by Student Reporting Labs Youth Media Producer Briget Ganske with assistance from Mercedes Ezeji and editing by Victor Fernandez. Terry’s interview was produced by Grace Vitaglione, a Student Reporting Labs intern; John Barnes and Curtis Roach’s interviews were produced by SRL Digital Producer Rawan Elbaba and Associate Youth Media Producer Becky Wandel.

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