Huddle Up With Craig Knippenberg: Understanding the impact of social media on brain development in students’ lives

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Welcome to Huddle Up, your go-to source for the top insights on how social media, tech, and current events shape student learning, well-being, and future success. In this episode, we huddle up with author, Denver-based mental health therapist, and Podcast host, Craig Knippenberg.

Research shows that social media is linked to brain changes among young students. When we understand how social media influences students’ brains, we can equip students with strategies to navigate their social worlds, both online and offline, in ways that will fuel their health, happiness, and future success.

In this Huddle Up episode, we huddle with Craig Knippenberg, Founder & Host of the Legit Parenting Podcast, and author of Shame-Free Parenting and Wired and Connected: Brain-Based Solution To Ensure Your Child’s Social and Emotional Success. Together, we explore practical strategies for empowering students to foster a healthy relationship with technology and understand the role social media plays in our students’ brain development and their lives. 

Huddle up with us to discover:

  • Social media’s impact on brain development and online behavior
  • The role of algorithms, how they work, and the ways they affect students
  • Strategies that educators can use to empower students to strike a balance with technology in ways that fuel their health, happiness, and future success

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Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., is a Denver-based mental health therapist who has garnered significant expertise working with children and families throughout his four decades in private practice and while serving as a school consultant for 40+ years. While dedicating his career to educating and treating the behavioral, emotional, and social needs of children and adolescents, Knippenberg founded Colorado’s largest, solely private mental health practice specializing in child and adolescent neurobehavioral disorders. He also earned notoriety for creating the CONNECT Social Skills Group Program 42 years ago, which spans socialization groups targeted at helping children navigate the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence, CONNECT has helped thousands of children grow and mature. Knippenberg hosts the Legit Parenting podcast, combining his four-plus decades of experience working with families and kids with his current brain-based research and pertinent tools, to help parents support the mental well-being of their children. Knippenberg holds a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver and a Master of Divinity with a focus on pastoral counseling from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. For more information, please visit or follow Knippenberg on LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.