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(p. 96) The Role of Digital and Social Media in Supporting Bereaved Students 

(p. 96) The Role of Digital and Social Media in Supporting Bereaved Students
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(p. 96) The Role of Digital and Social Media in Supporting Bereaved Students
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Carla J. Sofka

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190606893.003.0008
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date: 20 August 2018

This chapter describes the benefits and challenges that can occur with adolescents’ use of digital media and social media in relation to a death, beginning with the pros and cons of death notification via digital and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and texting. Digital and social media resources can be used to gain information about grief, to facilitate the provision of tangible assistance to the bereaved, and to offer emotional support. The use of social media as a tool for survivor advocacy will be discussed. Online resources available to facilitate cybersafety are covered. A list of questions to facilitate conversations with students about their use and impact of digital and social media use is included.

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