Social Pressures Online: Managing the Impact of Social Media | Primary

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Social Pressures Online: Managing the Impact of Social Media | Primary

This webinar will provide headteachers, designated safeguarding leads and teaching staff with practical advice and guidance on understanding the influence that social media can exert on young people’s mental development, as well as their psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Social media plays a huge part in children’s lives. Recent research by Ofcom found that 30% of children aged 5-7 use social media sites. This figure jumped to 44% in 8-11 year olds and almost tripled to 87% in 12-15 year olds. The popularity contents that often play out in the traditional areas of park and playground are increasingly shifting into the online world – where self-worth is often measured by likes, shares, friends and followers.

In this webinar Dr Rina Bajaj, counselling psychologist with almost 20 years’ experience of working with children and adolescents, outlines how the pressures that often accompany social media are linked to children’s brain development, considers the reasons children have a need to be liked, and suggests ways to support young people in understanding and managing feelings of anxiety.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identifying the emotional impact of social media (and its multitudes of users) and the positive or negative ways that it can influence thoughts, moods and behaviour

  • Understanding the social pressures that children and young people might experience online, and how these factors can lead to feelings of anxiety or stress

  • Gaining an overview of brain development and why peer reactions and the desire for social acceptance become so important for adolescents

  • Discovering strategies for having conversations with young people about online safety in a supportive and non-judgemental manner

  • Recognising ways to help young people manage their emotions and develop better coping mechanisms, such as challenging negative thinking or maintaining perspective

Dr Rina Bajaj

About The Expert

Dr Rina Bajaj

Rina is a counselling psychologist with almost 20 years’ experience in mental health, working with children, adolescents and adults.
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