The Coshocton County Beacon September 26, 2018 - Page 16

UPDATED THROUGHOUT
16 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com SEPTEMBER 26 , 2018
Seibert Studios Photography | Beacon

Prater named 2018 Ridgewood Homecoming Queen

Alexis Prater was named the 2018 Ridgewood Homecoming Queen on Friday , Sept . 21 prior to the homecoming football game between Ridgewood and Strasburg . Prater is pictured here with her escort , Luke Bucher . The homecoming football game was delayed twice due to weather and the homecoming ceremony was held indoors in the middle school gymnasium . The final score was Ridgewood – 49 , Strasburg – 0 .
0007 _ 080118

Social media and mental health discussed at support meeting

By Jen Jones
COSHOCTON - For the last three years , Coshocton County has had a family support group for those who have or who live with someone who has mental health issues . The group meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p . m . in the grand central station room at Coshocton Regional Medical Center .
Gwen Bordenkircher , facilitator of the group , said that some of their meetings they just chat about the issues they are dealing with and they have speakers join them during other meetings . “ Anyone is welcome , but everything is confidential . What is said here stays here .”
On Monday , Sept . 17 , Ken Smailes , pastor and radio announcer was the featured speaker . His topic was “ Social Media and Its Effect on Mental Health – The Dangers , Risks and Rewards of an Online Social Presence .” Smailes said about two years ago , he started studying social media and that he has a lot of concerns about where society is heading .
“ Social media can be used as a tool – a resource , but everyone has a personal responsibility when they use it ,” said Smailes . “ Everything is instant – more misinformation and mistakes are shared and no one acknowledges the mistakes . The competition of being first to report something is fierce .” Smailes said , as a reporter , he takes extra time to be sure what he is sharing is the truth , but not everyone is that careful .
Smailes believes that the lines between traditional and social media are blurring . “ Opinions are being added to the actual news .” One of the members of the support group commented that she used to read the news and then could turn the page to read opinion pieces , but now it ’ s all mixed up . Smailes also said that fake
news has been around forever , but with today ’ s social media , people hear about it and share it faster than ever . “ The constant access to social media is causing added stress to our lives .”
He then asked the group to share what they thought was good about social media . Their ideas included long distance communication between friends and family , being able to see pictures of family , reestablish connections to old friends , job opportunities , and learning about happy events , such as anniversaries and birthdays .
After these were listed , he asked about negative things . The suggestions were a false sense of belonging , too much time spent , looking can mess with your emotions , and it can become addictive .
Smailes shared an example of two teens sitting in the same room and instead of talking to each other , they text back and forth . “ We are losing the ability to communicate .” When texts are read , people try to read between the lines – try to guess what exactly is meant by the text . It ’ s easy to misunderstand what was truly meant .
He also believes too much social media can cause self-esteem issues in young people . They believe what they see and read and compare their own lives to others . They want to try and “ beat ” what they see on social media . Social media also can disrupt sleep habits .
To ease the effects of social media on your life , the following tips were shared :
1 . Schedule time to check social media and don ’ t look at any other time .
2 . Turn off push notifications as they make you feel as if you have to check statuses constantly .
3 . Consider a social media fast – no type of social media for a certain period of time .
Taking care of each other is what community is all about

Given-Dawson-Paisley FUNERAL HOME

186 PARK AVENUE COSHOCTON , OH . 43812 740-622-1711 www . Given-Dawson-PaisleyFH . com

Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home Now at a new lower price ...

Cremations Starting at $ 2,560.00 *
LIFE WELL CELEBRATED ®
* Cremation includes basic services of the funeral director and staff , transfer of remains to the funeral establishment , crematory fees and refrigeration . Crematory fee is included . Excludes all merchandise and additional services . Charges may vary depending on selections .
JOIN US FOR OUR GRAND OPENING !
SATURDAY , OCTOBER 6TH 8:00-5:00
FREE VEAL SANDWICHES
& ICE CREAM !
While Supplies Last !
• Cereal
• Granola bars
• Drinks
• Candy
• Canned goods
• Health & Beauty
• Pet items
• Baby items
• Cleaning
• and lots more !
740-610-8585 OPEN MON . - FRI . 8-5 • WED . 8-7 • SAT . 8-3
27080 C . R . 10 FRESNO , OH 43824 • 5 MILES NORTH OF 36 ON C . R . 10
0041 _ 092618
Visit our website at : coshoctonbeacontoday . com
UPDATED THROUGHOUT

THE DAY

The Beacon

Positively Coshocton County for 10 Years
16 THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 Social media and mental health discussed at support meeting By Jen Jones Prater named 2018 Ridgewood Homecoming Queen ing football game was delayed twice due to weather and the homecoming cer- emony was held indoors in the middle school gymnasium. The fi nal score was Ridgewood – 49, Strasburg – 0. Alexis Prater was named the 2018 Ridgewood Homecoming Queen on Friday, Sept. 21 prior to the homecoming football game between Ridgewood and Strasburg. Prater is pictured here with her escort, Luke Bucher. The homecom- Taking care of each other is what community is all about Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home Now at a new lower price... Cremations Starting at $2,560.00* JOIN US FOR OUR GRAND OPENING! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH 8:00-5:00 FREE VEAL SANDWICHES & ICE CREAM! While Supplies Last! Given-Dawson-Paisley FUNERAL HOME • Cereal • Granola bars • Drinks • Candy • Canned goods Visit our website at: Seibert Studios Photography | Beacon COSHOCTON - For the last three years, Coshocton County has had a family support group for those who have or who live with someone who has mental health issues. Th e group meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the grand central station room at Coshocton Regional Medical Center. Gwen Bordenkircher, facilitator of the group, said that some of their meetings they just chat about the issues they are dealing with and they have speakers join them during other meetings. “Anyone is welcome, but everything is confi dential. What is said here stays here.” On Monday, Sept. 17, Ken Smailes, pas- tor and radio announcer was the featured speaker. His topic was “Social Media and Its Eff ect on Mental Health – Th e Dangers, Risks and Rewards of an Online Social Presence.” Smailes said about two years ago, he started studying social media and that he has a lot of concerns about where society is heading. “Social media can be used as a tool – a resource, but everyone has a personal responsibility when they use it,” said Smailes. “ ٕѡ́хЃLɔ)ͥɵѥх́ɔ͡ɕ)ݱ́ѡх̸)QѥѥЁѼɕ)ͽѡ́ɍtḾ́ͅ)ɕѕȰх́ɄѥѼɔ)ݡЁ́͡ɥ́ѡѠЁ)ٕ役́ѡЁɕհ)Ḿٕ́ѡЁѡ́ݕ)Ʌѥͽɔȴ)ɥq=́ɔѼѡ)Յ̻t=ѡ́ѡ)ЁɽѕѡЁ͕͡)Ѽɕѡ́ѡձɸѡ)Ѽɕ̰Ё܁ӊe)ᕐḾͼͅѡЁ)́́ɽչɕٕȰЁݥѠ)ѽéͽȁ)Ё͡ɔЁѕȁѡٕȸqQ)хЁ́Ѽͽ́ͥ)ɕ́Ѽȁٕ̻t)!ѡͭѡɽѼ͡ɔݡ)ѡѡ՝Ё݅́Ёͽ)Qȁ́Ցх)չѥݕɥ́)䰁Ѽ͕ɕ́)䰁ɕх͠ѥ́Ѽɥ̰)չѥ̰ɹ)䁕ٕ̰Սٕ́ͅɥ́)ѡ̸)ѕȁѡ͔ݕɔѕͭ)ѥٔѡ̸Q՝ѥ́ݕɔ)͔͕͔ѽՍѥ)а́ݥѠȁ)ѥ̰Ёѥٔ)Ḿ͡ɕᅵݼ)ѕ́ͥѥѡͅɽ)ѕхѼѡȰѡѕ)Ѡq]ɔͥѡ)Ѽչєt]ѕ́ɔɕ)Ѽɕݕѡ̃L)ѼՕ́ݡЁᅍѱ䁥́Ёѡѕи)%ӊéѼչхݡЁ݅́ձ)и)!ͼٕ́ѽՍͽ)͔͕ѕՕ́չ)Q䁉ٔݡЁѡ͕)ɕɔѡȁݸٕ́Ѽ)ѡ̸Q݅ЁѼ䁅qӊtݡ)ѡ͕ͽM)ͼЁͱ̸)Q͔ѡ́ͽ)ȁѡݥѥ́ݕɔ͡ɕ(ĸMձѥѼͽ)eЁЁ䁽ѡȁѥ(ȸQɸ͠ѥѥ́́ѡ)ԁ́ԁٔѼ)х͕́хѱ(̸ ͥȁͽЃL)ͽȁхɥ)ѥ+!Ѡ) +AЁѕ+ 䁥ѕ+ +)ɔ)͡ѽѽ乍)UAQ)Q!I=U!=UP)Q!d(Ā؁AH,X8T