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Social Media and Mobile Phones

6th Feb 2018

Social Media and Mobile Phones

This year we are once more encouraging our pupils to abstain from at least some of their use of social media and/or their mobile phone. Given that we want our young people to be connected and confident, why do we take this approach?

Safeguarding Concerns

  • Cyber bullying is a huge issue nationally and particularly happens via sites which teens use
  • Many teens have so–called friends on social media sites who are people they do not know and may be a risk to them. Much modern grooming takes place online
  • The location facility on smart phones enables any “friends” to know exactly where young people are, putting them at huge risk

Negative physical effects

  • Too much screen time results in less active time – being active is key to being healthy physically and mentally
  • Science now tells us we should put down screens – phones, tablets etc – an hour before we plan to sleep as the light emitted from these devices blocks the sleep hormone which gives proper sleep and washes our brains as we sleep
  • It has long been known that charging a phone near to where we sleep can damage growing brain cells, especially in the childhood and teenage years
  • Many pieces of research also link the increase in breast cancer in young people of both sexes, to mobile phones being carried in the clothing around the chest area. The phones constantly emit low doses of radiation. Carrying phones in trouser pockets also increases the risk of cancer to a number of organs.

Negative mental and emotional effects

  • The pressure to look a certain way and/or to project a particular lifestyle is massive on social media and teens are the group most susceptible to this unsustainable and unrealistic pressure
  • Scientists tell us that receiving LIKES etc on social media is highly addictive – the effect is to release the same chemical in the brain naturally that drug users become addicted to. Over time this is dangerous and can damage brain tissue and possibly body tissue. As teens are already more prone to risk taking, they will take increased risks to achieve LIKES and the accompanying addictive emotions.
  • However many online “friends” they have, they do not replace the voice-to-voice and eye-to-eye contact that we all need and that prevents the effects of loneliness
  • See also the safeguarding concerns above
 
 
 

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