Young Citizens is an education charity working in primary and secondary schools to help educate, inspire and motivate the active citizens of tomorrow. Education Manager Naomi Kennedy, writes about the impact of social media on the mental health of young people today.
I was recently asked by a friend at what age would I allow my children to have a social media profile? My boys are just three and 16 months so social media is a little way off for us, but the question certainly got me thinking.
Most social media platforms require young people to be 13 in order to have a profile. With WhatsApp recently raising this age to 16 within the EEA.
New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation places a requirement on such platforms to make reasonable efforts to verify that a parent or guardian has given consent for their child’s data to be handled if they are under 16.
But are young people as young as 13 ready for the impact that social media can have on their lives?
The Office for National Statistics has found a “clear association” between longer time spent on social media and mental health problems.
We have a number of other resources available via our SmartLaw programme, including: Cyberbullying and the Law, Sexting and the Law, Human Rights, Discrimination and Police Powers. Find all the details at www.smartlaw.org.uk/resources.
Smartlaw is an initiative set up by Young Citizens. Our aim is that all young people will leave school fully understanding their legal rights and responsibilities. Through our range of high quality, tried and tested classroom resources we inspire young people to engage in the complex world of the law and provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to become legally capable.
Blog by Naomi Kennedy
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