RMY13: Social media and influence

Duration10 minutes
Learning ObjectivesTo understand the impact that social media has on your decisions and choices.
Tools/materials for the PresenterRural Minds Youth PowerPoint – Social media and influence
Lesson ComponentsIt is important to be aware of how social media influences your choices and decisions, as well as how it affects your wellbeing.
Social media has positive and negative impacts on your mental health.
The influence of social media can also lead to poor body image, low self-esteem, withdrawal, and – in the worst case – suicidal thoughts.
Constant exposure to carefully edited and curated images can lead you to feel inadequate in comparison. It can affect your self-esteem when you feel like you don’t or can’t meet such impossible standards.
Once a post is put on social media, even if it is deleted, the digital footprint will always be there. Most employment agencies contract out social media searchers of their clients. Many of them report that almost 50% of applicants are screened out of an application process due to their social media posts and behaviours.
In the Headspace research it found that 57% of respondents believed their mental health was declining and 42% citing that social media was the main reason for this decline. Family, school and community expectations was the second most significant factor at 20%!
Just over four in 10 teens had at least one negative online experience in the six months to September 2020 with this increasing to over 50%
of those aged 14 to 17.
Nine in 10 teens sought to build positive online relationships.
www.esafety.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-02/The%20digital%20lives%20of%20Aussie%20teens.pdf
Key messagesSocial media provides the greatest influence on today’s youth.
There are positive and negative impacts of social media use.
On average, teens spend about 2 hours per day online – the majority of this is on social media.
Once a post is put on social media, even if it is deleted, the digital footprint will always be there.
Most employment agencies contract out social media searches of job applicants – reports show that almost 50% of applicants are screened out of an application process due to their social media posts and behaviours.
It is critical to the mental health of today’s youth that they are aware of how social media is influencing their choices and decisions.
ReflectionHow do you think you compare to the average Australian teen who spends about two hours per day online?
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