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Social media and self-esteem

Social media is a big part of young people's lives and what they see when they're scrolling can impact their self-esteem, confidence and well-being. Help them navigate social media and boost their self-esteem with our free tools and resources.

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  • Why is social media important to young people?
    Why is social networking so important to young people? Explore the positive and negative effects of social media, and why it can cause loss of self-esteem

    Arguably the biggest difference between our own teenage years and those of our children, social media is here to stay. So how do we help our young people use it in a positive way?

  • Staying safe online: the effects of social media on young people
    How does social media affect teenagers, and what can parents do to protect their children from the negative effects of social media?

    Keeping up with young people on social media today can be daunting for parents, especially when young people change their social networks and profile pictures as often as their socks. We spoke to experts, parents and young people themselves to pull together useful advice to help you navigate your child's online universe, and also bring them back down to Earth.

  • Positive body confidence – how social media can affect body image
    Why do young people love social media? And could their use of it cause body confidence issues? Advice on minimising the negative impacts of social media.

    In the dazzling world of social media, today’s youth are often living their lives in full view of an online audience. For those from a different generation, the idea of ‘checking in’ online or sharing a selfie to let people know where you are and what you're up to might seem bizarre. But for young people today, getting ‘likes’ on photos, posts or comments in the virtual world can bring a powerful sense of accomplishment and community acceptance.

  • Social Media and Teens
    Tips to set your child up for social media success

    Social media issues permeate every aspect of a young person’s life these days, whether it’s revealing TMI (Too Much Info) about their boyfriend or girlfriend on Snapchat, having public spats with their BFF (Best Friend Forever) on Twitter or inadvertently inviting gatecrashers by posting party details on Facebook. 

  • Help your child develop a positive body image
    Tips and advice on helping your child develop a positive body image & cope with the influence of teenage fashion trends, celebrity role models & the media.

    Why is it that ‘the latest look’ is often nothing like people actually are in the real world? What look did you hanker after growing up? Trends may move on, but young people’s aspiration – and anxiety – is timeless.