In a world of constant communication, it’s all too easy for young people to fall into a social media hole. Not only can they become addicted, they can also fall into the trap of negative role models.
Being bombarded with social media posts filled with people living seemingly perfect lives can be jarring. For young girls in particular, making comparisons via social media can be pretty toxic. Rochelle Masters from Masters Psychology joined Mel and Jeziel in the studio to shed some light on this increasingly important issue.
Rochelle also shared a quick and easy idea that can drastically change how your child interacts with social media. If you’ve already tried restricting phone time, and checking posts, try this. Find some influential and inspiring figures in a field your child is interested in, and get your kid to follow them online. For example, if your kid is pretty sporty, find some sportspeople who consistently post inspiring, uplifting content. The same goes for music, fashion, movies and television. You could even find figures from science, theology, politics or other fields. Just by introducing these positive figures into your child’s feed, you’re already making a change for the better.
When researchers tried this in a group of thousands of teenagers, they found the difference it made to be very impressive.
For all the info and more of Rochelle’s great tips, check out the podcast below: