This month it feels very timely to be reflecting upon media use and the potential impact on both ourselves and our young people today. Childline says children now face a "constant onslaught from cyber-bullying and social media." The charity says social media is leading to youngsters "comparing themselves to others, and feeling inferior, ugly, and unpopular as a result." The difference for children in our modern society, is that there is no escape after 3.30pm... Bullying continues on, whatever the device.
For many parents out there, there is a need for more equipping in technology - not only to keep abreast of new developments but also to be empowered to step up. Maintaining an open relationship that enables our children to share their online world, is increasingly as important as knowing about their face-to-face experiences. For many more vulnerable young people (especially those who are socially anxious) , their online world, may feel more real and dominant than day to day life. We hear from our expert Zoe Dale, as she shares her thoughts and experiences:
If you work with young people and are concerned about self harm and media use, join us in London on Thursday 21st March where Zoe will be leading our specialist study day.
See more here.
So... what about you? Do feel like you might be addicted to social media? If you've got some spare time and fancy listening to a quick podcast, check out this 'Beyond Today' episode from BBC Radio 4 on 'How bad is social media for my mental health?'
Some interesting ideas for consideration and well worth a listen!
I'm Jemima, founder of Olive Branch Consultancy and passionate about delivering excellence with sensitivity and care.