Social media and teenagers

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Social media and teenagers

Young people’s rising use of social media is a cause for concern for many adults. That’s understandable - children now spend over three hours a day on their smartphones on average, so parents and carers need to understand the risks that come with screen time.

Media headlines frequently warn of social media’s negative impact on children’s wellbeing - yet this doesn’t paint the whole picture. The many positives are all too often overlooked.

The online world isn’t going away, and children cannot be shielded from it. The challenge - and opportunity - for us all is to make it as safe as possible for our young people.

Together, we can build digitally healthy households, practically and positively. Let’s explore how.

Understand the opportunities and threats

It’s all too easy to dwell on the negatives of social media, yet the internet provides many worthwhile experiences for all ages. Like all things, the potential dangers must be weighed against the positives.

 

Learn more about the opportunities and threats

 

How to become a digital role model

The role of a parent is hugely significant during teenage years, especially when it comes to understanding the wider world. Adults can support children to safely navigate online environments by offering guidance, reassurance and acting as role models

 

Learn how to be a digital role model

 

Set comfortable boundaries

The internet offers never-ending content, available 24/7 at the swipe of a finger. That’s exciting yet daunting. Agreeing rules and limits together can make social media a safer and more worthwhile experience for all, by finding a healthy balance.

 

How to set boundaries

 

Building your family’s digital strategy

When it comes to deciding on the best approach to take to the use of social media, it’s really important that this is a collaborative decision that actively involves young people. Work alongside your children to openly explore social media together

 

How to build a digital strategy

Ten top tips for a digitally healthy household

The digital world doesn’t have to be daunting. It’s perfectly possible for young people and parents alike to have a great relationship with the internet and social media.

 

Explore our top ten tips

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Five Ways to Wellbeing posters

Five posters - one for each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing: connect, give, learn, be active, take notice

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Supporting a child with anxiety

A guide for parents and carers

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Wellbeing Action Plan (aged 16+)

Our new Wellbeing Action Plan is for all young people attending sixth form or college.

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Life after lockdown Wellbeing Action Plan

During the coronavirus pandemic, we have all been through enormous change and some of us may experience further uncertainty and change in the coming weeks and months

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Supporting children returning to school (parents & carers)

Guidance for parents and carers on how to help your child prepare to go back to school

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Supporting children returning to school (teachers)

Guidance for school staff on how to comfort primary school pupils while maintaining social distancing

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Coping with self-harm resource

This guide includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm and how to support a young person for parents and carers

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Young people who self-harm

A guide for school staff

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Perfectionism

How to spot and respond to unhealthy perfectionism

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Asking for help

Tips for young people on when it’s time to talk about their mental health, or if they want to help a friend

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Social media and teenagers

A practical guide for parents and carers of teenagers on using social media

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Wellbeing Action Plan (child)

A simple, resource to help young people keep themselves well and get them through difficult times

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Guide to depression for parents and carers

This booklet aims to help recognise and understand depression and how to get appropriate help for their child

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Wellbeing Challenge activity pack (primary)

An activity pack for children, filled with fun activities following the Five Ways to Wellbeing

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Wellbeing Challenge activity pack (secondary)

An activity pack for young people, filled with fun activities following the Five Ways to Wellbeing

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Warning signs poster

A bold A3 poster showing the warning signs that tell you when someone may be depressed. This poster could save a life.

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Depression booklet

Featuring useful facts, figures and information, this booklet also contains sources of help and what not to say to people experiencing depression

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Parents guide to depression (Welsh)

This booklet aims to help parents recognise and understand depression and how to get appropriate help for their child

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Coping with self-harm (Welsh)

A guide for parents and carers in Welsh

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Supporting children & young people as they settle back into education

Ideas for parents and carers on how to support their children as schools reopen.

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