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Young people in York create new Social Media Guide

Published Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Young people across York have created a Social Media Guide to provide their peers with information and advice about using social media safely.

The Young Persons Social Media Guide has been created in conjunction with child and adolescent development psychology experts from York St John University.

A host of materials has been created through consultation workshops with young people, including:

  • lesson packs for schools
  • information for young people
  • a webpage for parents

It’s hoped that the materials will help young people to develop a healthy relationship with social media, enjoying the benefits, whilst recognising the potential negative impact it can have on mental health and self confidence.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

Social media has some fantastic benefits, not least in helping us connect with others, but it can also increase individuals’ concerns around body image, provide a channel for online bullying and increase pressure on young people.

“The new social media guidance is a brilliant resource, particularly because it has been created by young people, for young people. I hope that pupils and their parents will find it useful.”

Dr Beth Bell, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at York St John University, who worked with young people to develop the guide, said:

For this project, we have worked extensively with young people in order to learn from their own experiences of staying safe on social media platforms.

"The resulting set of social media safety resources are fantastic, and can be used by young people and parents, as well as in the classroom. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between City of York Council, York St John University and young people across the city."

View the Young Persons Social Media Guide online.