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Social Media's Impact on Youth Under the Age of 17

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Technology has become an integral part of Americans’ daily lives. As we have become increasingly more reliant and absorbed in technology, it is no surprise that today’s children have also become avid users. Laptops are being developed for children as young as 5. Smart phones are now in the hands of children as young as 10. The Kaiser Family Foundation found in their 2010 Survey on media use in 8-18-year old’s that this group spends an average of 10 hours and forty-five minutes per day exposed to media. To fully understand pros and cons of media and the effect on youth development, we must understand how youth are using media and the possible harmful impact of social media on children. Finally, as victim advocates we must know how to respond and provide appropriate resources to youth who have been harmed by social media as well as the possible criminal justice implications.

    At the conclusion of this training, participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge and familiarity with current social media programs currently used by youth.
  • Understand why these social media outlets are appealing to youth.
  • Understand how youth are using these social media programs.
  • Recognize how social media can cause harm to youth.    
  • Respond to youth who have been harmed by social media misuse.
  • Realize the criminal implications when social media is used outside of its intended purpose.


Angela Keen, is the Program Coordinator at Advoz, a restorative justice agency in Lancaster County. She has worked in victim services for 18 years. She was previously the Supervisor of Direct Services at Survivors, Inc. in Gettysburg PA, a dual domestic violence/sexual assault program. Ms. Keen started her professional career as a hotline/medical advocate volunteer at the YWCA of Lancaster Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center. Angela has held several positions with statewide agencies providing training and technical assistance to victim service providers across the Commonwealth. Ms. Keen has been trained as an expert witness by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Angela is designated by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children as a Level 1 Certified Trauma Practitioner. She is also a Certified Trainer for the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team and actively volunteers as a crisis responder.

Ms. Keen holds a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology & Social Change from Penn State University. She also accomplished dual Bachelor’s Degrees from Penn State University in Applied Behavioral Sciences and Public Policy.

This course is open to victim advocates and victim witness coordinators currently working in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Class size is limited to 40 attendees.

Social Media's  Impact on Youth Under the Age of 17 training will be held at the Giant Community Center located at 2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA. 171110.

Attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements and expenses. There are many hotels close to the training site.

Training Hours
Registration will begin at 8:30 am. The course will begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:30 pm. Social Media's Impact on Youth under the age of 17  training has been approved for 6 victim services training hours by PCCD.

  Refreshments will not be provided at the training other than water and sodas.
  All items consumed at the Giant Store must be purchased at the Giant.
  Time will be allotted for participants to go out for lunch.      

PDAI is pleased to offer four scholarships to victim advocates and victim witness coordinators with at least one years’ experience who attend this training. These scholarships are funded by a Grant awarded to PDAI by PCCD, Office of Victim Services for expanding training to victim services providers and subsidize the cost of attendance. Scholarship recipients are based on the information in the application and the number of scholarships the applicant’s agency previously received.  Scholarship applications are available by clicking here.

NASW Credits
"NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6.5 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors."

To register please download the brochure above, complete it and fax the form to Donna R. Hull at 888-486-5134 or email the form to Donna at Registration will close on September 8, 2017.

Additional Information
Please contact Donna Hull at 484.947.4837 or if you need additional information.

September 12th, 2017 8:30 AM   through   4:30 PM
2300 Linglestown Road
Giant Community Cenetr
Harrisburg, PA 177110
America South, Central, North and Caribbean
Training Cost $ 25.00
Type of Program
System Based
Community Based

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