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In a world where social media has been linked to depression & increased anxiety, there has been a new campaign launched ahead of World Mental Health Day 2022, which was on Monday 10 October. The Every Mind Matters campaign urges people to be kind to their mind.
As the winter nears and the days get shorter, our regular routines can be disrupted, so it’s a great time to remind ourselves of the basics.
However, the most at-risk category is children between the ages of 8 and 18. A recent study has highlighted an increase in the amount of pressure that children put on themselves to be perfect.
Any great teacher will tell you that teaching isn’t just about delivering lessons, it’s about being a part of the development of students and helping them on their journey to success. But further than that, it is about empowering them to motivate themselves to work harder, achieve their full potential and thrive. It’s about getting pupils to try their best, and progress, but not about perfection.
From a child’s perspective, school life can often feel like a world of rules, being told what to do. That pressure now comes second to what kids feel from social media.
The NSPCC have commented on the risks of social media which include oversharing, sharing their location, talking to people they don’t know, sending or receiving inappropriate messages, having an unrealistic sense of reality or body image, obsessive focus on likes or shares, and bullying or cyberbullying “trolls”.
To help your kids to use social media safely, it’s important to set boundaries. If your child understands the risks of social media, they are far more likely to follow the rules that you set. Here are a few general ground rules that you might inspire your own rules:
Having an open and honest discussion with your children is the best way forward. Create a safe environment where children feel empowered to share their views and participate in open discussions about their feelings. Without the right precautions, social media can be a toxic place for kids.