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Mental Health and Social Media

“When your mental health becomes impacted by social media then it is time for a detox.” 

— Germany Kent

Are you indulging in social media? How do you feel? Host Keerthi, who loves social media, navigates the negatives and positives of various platforms. She advocates for embracing imperfection and showcasing authenticity as well as digital detoxes. Keerthi also encourages celebrating other's successes, big or small, and showing kindness to strangers. Keerthi then interviews high school junior, Niru Shivakumar about the connection between mental health and social media. Niru is the founder of a nonprofit organization called Offline, which has been one of her main focuses for three years. She works with 5th grade classes across the Bay Area to educate students about the dangers and repercussions of social media as well as the effects it can have on mental health before they reach middle school. She does not use social media. Reporter, Kirpa, joins the conversation to discuss the pros and cons of social media and how it can affect our mental health. Her parents do not allow her to use social media and she understands that is because they care and want to keep her safe and healthy.  If you use social media, remember, you are more than your follower count, more than your most liked post, and more than the sum of your social media presence. Make sure to proofread every word before you hit send and keep your mental health front and center. Be yourself and don’t strive for perfection as perfection doesn’t exist. And consider being OFFLINE!



Bio: Niru Shivakumar is a junior at Leland High School in San Jose and a rower for NorCal Crew in Redwood City. Since 2021, she has run Offline organization, a nonprofit aimed at battling phone addiction related mental health issues in young students. She began the organization because of her own personal experiences and has spoken out at several schools across the Bay Area. She loves to play sports and read books, which she believes is the better alternative than social media these days. She wants to continue Offline in the future and expand it even more to reach students in other countries as well. Offline’s program is an interactive, age-appropriate presentation for in person visits and an informative fun video for online visits that dives into the dangers of constant social media use that also describes and provides ways to stay healthier without the Internet. Offline also has its own newsletter, where they send out issues every 2 weeks about new technological advancements and new alternatives to stay happy without social media. During in person visits, the program combines fun games with the same theme to keep students engaged and help them understand the ideas better. www. offlineorganization.comListen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel:




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