How does Social Media impact the mental health of young people?

Dr Linda offers advice on how social media platforms explore the potential effects on young peoples’ emotional and mental health and what parents can do to support their children through it.

Social media has dramatically changed the way we communicate, and there are a lot of benefits to it. We have access to unlimited information, we can connect with people from all over the world almost immediately and we can share with others things that matter to us.  Social media is also a powerful tool in terms of motivating people to action and make social changes.  It provides a platform for young people’s voices to be heard allowing them to have a say on issues that matter to them. The on-line world has the potential to helped young people to explore new concepts, manage risks and build resilience.

However because social media has evolved so quickly and…

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