Social media’s impact on children and young people’s mental health

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In this blog I focus on the impact of social media on children and young people’s mental health, drawing on the research of Emily Frith (Frith, 2017). Some children in developed countries live their lives through technology. As digital natives they have grown up within the digital revolution, and consequently they view technology as an essential tool that serves a variety of purposes.

According to Frith’s research, over one-third of 15-year-olds in the UK are ‘extreme internet users’ – that is, they spend more than six hours of a typical weekend day on the internet. Furthermore,…

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