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Psychological and pedagogical prevention of teenagers posting destructive and self-destructive content in social networks and instant messengers


Substantiates the relevance of preventive work with adolescents who are interested in destructive and self-destructive content, post it on their social network pages and instant messengers, and may be prone to destructive and self-destructive behavior. Presented overview of the latest scientific research on this issue includes both theoretical and empirical aspects, as well as practical conclusions and recommendations. A generalized psychological portrait of adolescents prone to destructive behavior on the Internet, as well as those who tend to post destructive content on their pages is based on the scientific and methodological analysis of the scientific literature on the problem under study and the empirical experience of working with deviant and destructive students. This psychological portrait includes the main psychological reasons for adolescents’ interest in destructive content, the publication of such content and, as a result, their possible destructive behavior; the prerequisites that promote the indicated interest and corresponding actions are social and personal. Social preconditions are subdivided into macro social and micro social; personal prerequisites are classified in accordance with a systematic approach into biopsychic, individual psychological, orientation and role levels of being of a person; the most typical features of the activity of this group of adolescents in social networks are also highlighted. We propose general directions for the prevention of adolescents’ interest in destructive Internet content, the desire to publish it on their page and their tendency to destructive behavior, which should be systematic, comprehensive and phased.


generation Z; social networks; instant messengers; destructive content; self-destructive content; destructive Internet community; prevention; digital socialization and desocialization; online behavior; psychological portrait

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