Social Media and Young People

Cover - Social Media and Young People
  • Social Media and Young People
  • Volume 415
  • Editor: Justin Healey
  • Print book ISBN: 978 1 925339 30 7
  • E-book ISBN: 978 1 925339 31 4
  • Year: 2017
  • E-book: $28.00

Social media has revolutionised how most of us communicate; no one more so than teenagers and young adults, who spend on average 2-3 hours a day connected to social media sites. Online social networking provides young people with a range of positive opportunities to maintain social connections and share emotional support, learning and an almost infinite array of interests. However, social media use can also have negative impacts, such as excessive use, social isolation, loss of privacy, cyberbullying, anxiety and self-esteem pressures. This book examines the prevalence of social media use by young Australians, and explores its impacts on their wellbeing. The book also offers helpful tips on appropriate ways of using and staying safe on social media sites. How do young, developing digital natives get the balance right when so much of their lives is being lived online?

Chapter 1: Young Australians and social media

Chapter 2: Impacts of social media on wellbeing

Chapter 3: Staying safe on social media

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index