Barnardo’s has released a research report into young people’s use of social media, with a specific focus on the effect of using social media platforms on mental health. The authors explored the views of children and young people, parents/guardians/carers and frontline Barnardo’s practitioners.
The report found that:
78% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 had accessed unsuitable or harmful content through social media
84% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 were able to use social media to access advice and help for mental wellbeing
Children and young people want guidance on social media to focus on the stories of children and young people who have first-hand experience of social media.