Schools ‘should help children with social media risk’

04 Jan 2018

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Posted By: SG   |   Source: BBC News   |   URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42563173

 

Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, has called for schools to help parents prepare children for the dangers and emotional demands of social media as they make the transition from primary to secondary education. In a study of the effects of social media on 8-12 year-olds, she found that too many youngsters are dependent upon ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ to feel good about themselves and their place among their peer groups.

“They find themselves chasing likes, chasing validation, being very anxious about their appearance online and offline and feeling that they can’t disconnect – because that will be seen as socially damaging.”

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