Time:  Sep 07, 2022
Location:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Virtual

Are you concerned with how online life and social media are shaping girls’ development, their identity, relationships and their feelings of self-worth? At a time when tween and teen girls are exploring their own individuality and finding their true self, our daughters are facing a constant barrage of social media messages, influencers, and trends, from sexy selfies to body stereotypes and social comparison. What can parents do about it?

On September 7, 2022, at 12pm via Zoom, Children and Screens hosted the #AskTheExperts webinar “Mirror, Mirror, in My Palm: Girls and Media.” A panel of expert researchers, psychologists, and parenting experts examined parents’ most pressing questions on how online media affects girls and their mental and physical health as they navigate through the increasingly tricky waters of social media and digital interactions. Topics included identity development, social pressures, media behaviors, cyberbullying and social exclusion, media portrayals, sexual identity and more! This webinar provided practical tips to help girls gain control of their on- and offline engagement.


  • Elizabeth Englander, PhD

    Executive Director and Founder; Professor of Psychology Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center; Bridgewater State University
  • Lisa Damour, PhD

    Psychologist, Author
  • Meenakshi Gigi Durham, PhD

    Professor and Collegiate Scholar, University of Iowa
  • Sophia Choukas-Bradley, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director, Teen and Young Adult Lab (TAYA Lab); University of Pittsburgh
  • Lanice Avery, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Director Research on Intersectionality, Sexuality, and Empowerment (RISE) Lab; University of Virginia

Video and Resources

Watch a recording of the webinar "Mirror, Mirror, in My Palm: Girls and Media," read the transcript, and view other related content in Learn and Explore.