“I think that [social media] is the way that students communicate. They’d rather send a text or a tweet or put up a Facebook post than call someone on their phone. And it’s a way for them to reach out to family, too, without going to their door or calling their family up on the phone. I think that’s how students communicate, and it definitely is helpful for them.” (School Social Worker)
This module addresses unique roles social media may play in supporting children who are grieving. It outlines both the challenges and opportunities that characterize this channel of communication. Many of the qualities of social media that cause concern can also be viewed as potential strengths for children. These approaches afford new and different means to provide information and support, and there are good reasons young people choose to communicate in this way.