What I’m discovering about girls, social media and self esteem

Girls, social media and self esteem. What is, if any, the connection between how a young girl uses technology and social media and the health of their self esteem? If there is a connection, what comes first? An already existing low self esteem leading to trawling through social media feeds in an attempt to find connection and a place to fit in?  Or does trawling the highlights and fabulous feeds of friends and peers lead to a mind and body blow to even the more robust self esteem?

I guess it doesn’t really matter the reason, what we need to focus on is giving young people the control back. We want to ensure they recognise that which is helpful to their esteem, and that which is not.

In my work with teachers, parents and students themselves, I am always seeking to understand the role technology plays and more importantly how we can garner the positive elements of that role. We need to ensure that it becomes a welcome addition to their life and their sense of self worth and not something that tears at the seams of their social and emotional health and wellbeing.

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