Parents, educators and young people do you know the best and worst social media apps for young people’s mental health?
I wanna show you a report that describes the negative Effects Of Social Media On Teenagers.
(SPH) and the young health movement have published a new report called #statusfomind examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health and it includes a list of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health and I’d like to show that report to you right now.
Here’s some teen social media stats, 91% of 16 to 24 years olds use the Internet for social media and social networking.
Social media use is linked with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep.
Social media has been described as being more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol.
Here’s a list of the best and worst social media apps for teens mental health according to this report:
On the best side we have YouTube, Twitter and Facebook and worst is Instagram and Snapchat.
Now let’s look at a list of potential negative effects of social media.
1.Anxiety and depression
Research suggests that young people who spend 2 hours per day on social media or more are likely to report poor mental health including psychological distress and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Numerous studies have shown that increased social media use has a significant association with poor quality sleep in young people.
Using phones, laptops and tablets at night before bed is also linked with poor quality sleep.
Body image is an issue for many young people, both male and female. Studies have Shown that when women in their teens and early 20s view Facebook for only a short period of time,
body image concerns are higher compared to non-users.
Bullying during childhood is a major risk factor for a number of issues including mental health,
education and social relationships, with long lasting effects often carried right through to adulthood.
5.FOMO(the fear of missing out)
FOMO has been robustly linked to higher levels of social media engagement,
meaning that the more an individual uses social media, the more they are likely to experience FOMO.
Now let’s look at some of the potential positive effects of social media.
1.Access To Expert Health Information
Social networking offers young people who maybe suffering from mental health issues an opportunity to read,
watch or listen to, and understand, the health experiences of others relating them back to their own reality.
Conversations on social media can emerge and provide young people with essential interactions to overcome difficult health issues,
particularly when they may not have access to that support face to face.
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The community building aspect of social media is also distinctly positive for many young people.
By joining “social media groups” young people can surround themselves with like-minded people and share their thoughts or concerns.
Self-expression and self identity are important aspects of development throughout the teen years.
Social media can act as an effective platform for positive self-expression, letting teens put forward their best self.
5.Building Upon Relationships
There is evidence to suggest that strong adolescent friendships can be enhanced by social media interactions, allowing young people to create stronger bonds with people they already know.
What Can Parents or Guardians Do?
- Teach your students that social media can and should be utilized as a tool for good.
- Ensure your children are equipped with the relevant skills to be able to Navigate social media.
- Consider joining parent University to start a healthy dialogue with your kids.
- Remind your students that they can always come to you or a trusted adult if they ever need help.
- Consider joining parent University to get videos you can watch with your children. These videos will start a healthy dialogue that will keep them safe and smart online.
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