What Parents Need to Know about Social Pressures Linked To ‘Friends and Followers’



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What Parents Need to Know about Social Pressures Linked To ‘Friends and Followers’

Published 4th September 2019

A free online safety guide on social Pressures linked to 'Friends and Followers'.

The whole concept of social media relies on users having friends or followers (or both). ‘Friends’ tend to be those with whom users will share their own personal profile. It’s usually a mutual relationship, with both parties able to engage and interact with everything their friends post online. ‘Followers’, on the other hand, are typically one-way relationships and, dependent on the platform, only provide access to certain aspects of an individual’s profile, such as their content feed. A common trait which often exists between the two, however, is the user's desire to gather as many friends or followers as possible.

In this guide, you'll find tips on avoiding potential risks such as fake friends, friend envy and being followed by strangers.

Anna Bateman

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Anna Bateman

Subject matter expert on mental health & wellbeing, who works in an advisory role for the DfE.
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