Life in 'Likes'
The Children’s Commissioner has produced a report on a study linked to the effects of social media use on children aged 8 to 12 years called "Life in 'Likes'". It examines the way children use social media and the effect it has on their well being, showing how younger children use platforms which social media companies say are not designed for them. Whilst most social media sites have an official age limit of 13 years, some research has suggested ¾ of 10 to 12 year olds have a social media account. While 8 to 10 year olds use social media in a playful, creative way – often to play games – this changes significantly as children’s social circles expand as they grow older. This report also demonstrates that many Year 7 children are finding social media hard to manage and are becoming over-dependent on ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ for social validation. They are also adapting their offline behaviour to fit an online image, and becoming increasingly anxious about ‘keeping up appearances’ as they get older.
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What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is the use of electronic media - especially mobile phones and the internet - to intimidate, threaten or upset someone.
Cyber bullying can include:
texting scary or rude messages by mobile phone
sending unpleasant photographs by mobile phone
using online message boards, chat rooms or social networking sites to post cruel messages
deleting the victim's name from or ignoring their messages on social networking sites
What to do if you are being cyber bullied
Talk to your parents, carers or a teacher at your school. You may also want to chat online confidentially with a ChildLine counsellor or phone ChildLine.