Social Media Pervades Teens And Pre-Teens Lives; What Can Parents Do To Help And Understand? | BH Courier

Social Media Pervades Teens And Pre-Teens Lives; What Can Parents Do To Help And Understand?

Nancy Jo Sales
Nancy Jo Sales

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 – 12:38 PM

Instagram. Yik Yak. Snapchat. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Tinder. Social media pervades the lives of teens and pre-teens. What can parents do to help and understand?

Vanity Fair journalist and bestselling author Nancy Jo Sales has some answers when she presents American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, the title of her new book, from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27 at The Willows Community School, 8509 Higuera St., Culver City.

Award-winning writer Sales will speak on the use of social media by young people and the challenges they face. From research, investigation, and interviews with 300-plus young girls, Sales will share her insight on the secret lives of today’s teens and the dangers of misogyny, harassment, pornography, sexism and cyber bullying.

She will explore what social media is doing to an entire generation, and show how parental awareness can help the self-esteem and identity of children as childhood ends.

Says The Wall Street Journal: “Social media is life; social media destroys life. For American Girls, Ms. Sales spent two and a half years investigating this paradox…. and she’s exquisitely unobtrusive as she does it. Conversations that are not safe for adults seem to open like apps under her fingertips. She has sophisticated methods of infiltration.”

Sales has also written for New York magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and numerous other publications. As a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Sales has created profiles on pop cultural icons. Best known for her stories on youth culture, celebrities, and crime, she also wrote The Bling Ring: How A Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World. She won a 2015 Silurian Award for “Magazine Feature Writing” and a 2011 Front Page Award for “Best Magazine Feature.”

Books will be sold at the event and followed by a book signing.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but reservations must be made to

The Willows Community School ( is a developmental kindergarten through eighth grade independent school enrolling 463 students annually. Nationally recognized, the school’s academic program incorporates experiential learning and thematic instruction into a curriculum that integrates technology and the arts into the classroom.