Keeping Others Safe

Social Media and Young People

Social Media platforms and apps are increasingly popular with   younger generations but the rise in social media usage has lead to an increase in Cyber Bullying and has tragically resulted in many case of depression, self harm and suicide.

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is when bullying behavior takes place online or via social media channels. Even though it is done remotely, it can be devastating and deeply upsetting. Cyber bullying can take many forms including:

  • abusive texts and emails
  • rude and hurtful comments, posts and content
  • spoofing or pretending to be someone else online
  • bribery and black mail and revenge porn
  • Sending upsetting or explicit material
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78% of people bullied online are aged between 10 – 15 years old

Click here to visit the ESafety Website

How to keep Kids Safe online

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  • The minimum age for users on Facebook and Instagram is 13 years old, the platforms are not recommend for children younger than this.

  • Use an email address you have access to to set up your kids social media accounts, this will allow you to reset and access the password at anytime and login if you have concerns

  • Have open and honest conversations with your kids about what is and isnt acceptable online and what they can do if they see or experience something that upsets them

  • Learn the basics of the Social Media platforms your kids are using – you don’t need to be an expert or use the platforms yourself but understand what they can do and how people can communicate using them

  • Set rules in place for screen time and internet/ phone use

Click here to visit Facebook’s online advice center for parents

Social Media can be an overwhelming place for teens and young adults.

Social media is  place where celebrities and influencers can photoshop their images  and portray filtered versions of their lives many young people feel pressured and insecure by not being able to live up to the unrealistic standards set by the ” Insta Famous”  Many studies are supporting that increased use of Social Media is attributing to low self esteem. poor body image, broken sleep patterns and depression – particularly in young girls.

Talk to your Teens and check that their Insta habits aren’t making them feel anxious or upset

Study – Social Media effects on Teens
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Facebook and Instagram take Action

Facebook and Instagram have partnered with Project Rockit in Australia to help create awareness and promote positive social media interactions.

Project Rockit’s mission is to STAND UP AGAINST BULLYING, HATE & PREJUDICE and  Empowering young people to lead change. Project Rockit offer School workshops, programs and talks to involve young people in the movement for positive change

See Project Rockit’s incredible work here

Useful Resources

Download Bully Zeros Guide to Cyber Bullying
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