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The Effects of Social Media on Young People

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The Effects of Social Media on Young People
Sexualisation of Young People
Body Image & Self Esteem
Cyber-bullying
Glorification of Self-Harm
Sexualisation of Young People through the use of Social Media
What is ‘sexting’ and how are young people getting away with it?
Statistics on ‘Sexting’ and why Social Media is dangerous
• We are an online generation, we spend the majority of our time on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Snapchat.
• The average teenager would have experienced, whether they were involved or someone they know, will have shared or received sexually explicit material through social media.
• We use the internet alone, we are on computers alone, on our phones alone it is no wonder why young people get up to no good without any form of monitoring.
• It is proven that more men use Snapchat as their chosen application for sharing explicit material.

What Happens When It All Goes Wrong
• The Internet accelerates and magnifies virtually everything, including viciousness and compassion.
• Amanda Todd took her own life due to constant bullying after she shared nude photographs of herself online.
• Social Media is built for young people, we just need to be aware of the effects that this media can have on teenagers lives.
• One screenshot on Snapchat could change your life forever.


Research shows that the more time young girls spend on social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr, the more they compared their bodies with those of their friends, the more they felt negative about their appearance.
Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind.
Self-esteem is used to describe a persons overall sense of self-worth or personal value.

The more time teenage girls spend on social media – caught in a world of competition for likes on Facebook, posting weight-loss progress selfies on Instagram – the more likely they are to be dissatisfied with their bodies and have low self-esteem.
Every week, the average teen girl spends 31 hours watching TV, 15 hours online and 3.5 hours looking in the mirror.
According to Cheng, 2012, “Cyber bullying can be defined as online or electronic harassment that is repeated over time”.
Who here uses some form of social media?
On the Bullying Statistics Website, 2013, it stated that over 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their mobile phones or on the Internet. Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
According to news.com.au, 2012, Australia is ranked number 1 in the world for bullying on social networking sites.
Akerman, 2012, stated in the Australian newspaper, that Sheniz Erkan, committed suicide in 2012 at 14 years of age due to social networking bullies.
Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit text or photographs through technological devices.
How are the young people of today getting away with sending images that contain sexually explicit material to other people?
Who here has ever sent or received sexually explicit material? (AKA nudes or dickpics, guys be honest, you can just pretend you ‘received’)
Does anyone have any questions?
The biggest issues on Social Media effecting young people in our generation.
Sexualisation of young people
Body Image
Cyber Bullying
Self Harm/Suicide

Akerman P, 2012, ‘Family of suicide teen Sheniz Erkan urge parents to watch children’s Internet use’, The Australian, Viewed on Wednesday 7th May 2014
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/family-of-suicide-teen-urge-parents-to-watch-childrens-internet-use/story-fn59nokw-1226242931928

BBC News, (2014). 'Selfie' body image warning issued. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26952394 [Accessed 12 May. 2014].

Bullyingstatistics.org, 2013, ‘Cyber bullying Statistics’, Viewed on Tuesday 6th May 2014
http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html

Cheng K, 2012, ‘Cyber bullying’, Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence, Vol. 60, Issue 5, P.118-119

Cherry, K. (2010). Self-Esteem - Psychology Definition of the Week. [online] About.com Psychology. Available at: http://psychology.about.com/b/2010/07/24/self-esteem-psychology-definition-of-the-week.htm [Accessed 8 May. 2014].

Ditchthelabel.org, 2013, Cyberbullying statistics: The Annual Cyberbullying Survey 2013, Viewed on Tuesday 6th May 2014 
http://www.ditchthelabel.org/cyberbullying-statistics/

Kelly, C. (2013). Is Snapchat only used for sexting? We asked 5,000 people to find out.. [online] Survata.com. Available at: http://www.survata.com/blog/is-snapchat-only-used-for-sexting-we-asked-5000-people-to-find-out/ [Accessed 12 May. 2014].

Marriner, C. (2013). Impact of social media on teen girls. [online] Essential Kids. Available at: http://www.essentialkids.com.au/older-kids/teens/impact-of-social-media-on-teen-girls-20130722-2qe3x.html [Accessed 9 May. 2014].

National Crime Prevention Council, 2014, ‘Cyber bullying’, Viewed on Wednesday 7th May 2014
http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying

Nationaleatingdisorders.org, (2014). What is Body Image? | National Eating Disorders Association. [online] Available at: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/what-body-image [Accessed 12 May. 2014].

News.com.au, 2012, ‘Anti-Social Network: Australia – the Facebook bullying capital’, Viewed on Wednesday 7th May 2014
http://www.news.com.au/technology/anti-social-network-australia-the-facebook-bullying-capital/story-e6frfro0-1226246496953

Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, (2012). Teens Fact Sheet. [online] Available at: http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/teens-fact-sheet/ [Accessed 13 May. 2014].

Russo, C. and Arndt, K. (2010). Technology and the Law: The Dangers of Sexting in Schools. School Business Affairs, 76(4), pp.36--38.

Szalavitz, M. and Szalavitz, M. (2014). The Tragic Case of Amanda Todd | TIME.com [online] TIME.com. Available at: http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/16/the-tragic-case-of-amanda-todd/ [Accessed 8 May. 2014].

Vanessa Gormen, VG 2013, ‘Social media, sexualisation and the selfie generation’ , ABC NEWS, 23 Sept, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-23/gorman-the-selfie-generation/4974132

YouTube, (2014). Thigh Gap Surfaces as Teenage Girls New Image Obsession. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 May. 2014].
ABC News, (2013). Self-harm hospitalisation rates rising for young Australian women. [online] Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-23/alarming-spike-in-self-harm-in-australian-women/4902384 [Accessed 8 May. 2014].

Cyh.com, (2014). Teen Health - Health Topics - Self-harm. [online] Available at: http://www.cyh.com/healthtopics/healthtopicdetails.aspx?p=243&np=293&id=2464 [Accessed 7 May. 2014].

Sanghani, R. (2014). Why are more talented kids self-harming than ever before? - Telegraph. [online] Telegraph.co.uk. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/10605440/Self-harm-why-are-more-talented-kids-than-ever-before-hurting-themselves.html [Accessed 8 May. 2014].

Sharrock, J. (2014). Meet The Girl Behind One Of Tumblr's Biggest Self-Harm Blogs. [online] BuzzFeed. Available at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinesharrock/meet-the-girl-behind-one-of-tumblrs-biggest-cutting-suicide [Accessed 9 May. 2014].
The glorification of Self-Harm
What is it and how it spreads.
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