Social Media

Social media support materials

We can categorise the risks involved with using social media roughly as follows:

  • Harassment or online bullying (“cyberbullying”) or others’ posting information about themselves that: could be used to embarrass or manipulate them, could cause psychological harm, could be used by criminals to steal their identity or property or –though very rare – determine their physical location to cause physical harm
  • Damage to reputation or future prospects because of young people’s own behavior or that of their peers – unkind or angry posts, compromising photos or videos, or group conflict depicted in text and imagery
  • Spending too much time online, losing a sense of balance in their activities (“too much” is subjective, which is why parents need to be engaged)

Cyber bullying

Tips for parents

Types of social media