Hot topic: Social media
16th May 2019
In last week’s education news, social media hit the headlines! Social media is a way to interact with friends, communicate with family and, most importantly, share a picture of your tasty breakfast! However, last week Snapchat’s new app ‘YOLO’ was called into question after abuse concerns were raised. The app, YOLO, which stands for ‘you only live once’ lets users post anonymous questions to Snapchat users and has risen to the top free download charts on both the US and UK App Stores. While the app is meant to be light-hearted and fun, the NSPCC has warned that it could easily be misused with the age rating low at 12+. The charity claims that the app leaves users vulnerable to abusive messages and could even be used by people to exploit young people. While the app has received mostly positive feedback within Apple’s App Store, some users have shared their experiences, with one user stating that they had received messages wishing death.
- Almost one in four of 8 to 11-year-olds and three in four of 12 to 15-year-olds has a social media profile
- One in four children have experienced something upsetting on a social networking site
- Around one in eight young people have been bullied on social media
- Almost one in four young people have come across racist or hate messages online
- Cyberbullying makes young people more than twice as likely to self-harm or attempt suicide
However, a new study aimed to answer whether teenagers who use social media more than average have lower life satisfaction, or whether adolescents with lower life satisfaction use more social media. The study asked thousands of 10 – 15 year olds to say how long they spent using social media on a normal school day and also rate how satisfied they were with different aspects of life. The study found more social media affected girls more, however, those effects were minimal, and there was no larger affect on boys. The leader of the study stated that “99.75% of a person’s life satisfaction has nothing to do with their use of social media”.
How can Impero help?
Here at Impero we have teamed up with many great charities and organisations who focus on protecting young people from abuse on social media and cyberbullying, in order to create our keyword detection libraries. By identifying key words, phrases, abbreviations or acronyms used anywhere on the network and providing glossary definitions, Impero can help pinpoint vulnerable students potentially engaged in at risk behaviour. Impero can also manage students’ access to websites, applications and content, so students only view the resources they really need. The features of Impero are designed to promote good digital citizenship and give students the tools they need to navigate the digital world safely and responsibly.
If you are interested in finding out more about how Impero can protect your students from cyberbullying, click here to book a demo!