The Children’s Commissioner for England has released a new report showing that many children between 8 and 12 years old struggle to manage social media and become anxious about how they present themselves online.
The ‘Life in Likes’ report investigates how younger children use social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Worryingly, according to the Children’s Commissioner’s website, the report highlights that, “some children are becoming almost addicted to ‘likes’ as a form of social validation that makes them happy and that many are increasingly anxious about their online image and ‘keeping up appearances.’”
Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, said, “I want to see children living healthy digital lives. That means parents engaging more with what their children are doing online. Just because a child has learnt the safety messages at primary school does not mean they are prepared for all the challenges that social media will present. It means a bigger role for schools in making sure children are prepared for the emotional demands of social media. And it means social media companies need to take more responsibility.”
More information can be found on the website of the Children’s Commissioner for England.