Life in ‘likes’: Children’s Commissioner report into social media use among 8-12 year olds

Children’s Commissioner, January 2018

Children’s Commissioner’s report on the effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds examines the way children use social media and its effects on their wellbeing. ‘Life in Likes’ fills a gap in research showing how younger children use platforms which social media companies say are not designed for them. Whilst most social media sites have an official age limit of 13 years, some research has suggested ¾ of 10-to-12 year olds have a social media account.

While 8-10s use social media in a playful, creative way – often to play games – this changes significantly as children’s social circles expand as they grow older. This report shows that many Year 7 children are finding social media hard to manage and becoming over-dependent on ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ for social validation. They are also adapting their offline behaviour to fit an online image, and becoming increasingly anxious about ‘keeping up appearances’ as they get older.

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Mental ill-health among children of the new century

UCL Institute of Education, September 2017

Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool analysed information on more than 10,000 children born in 2000-01 who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. At ages 3, 5, 7, 11 and 14, parents reported on their children’s mental health. Then, when they reached 14, the children were themselves asked questions about their depressive symptoms. a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14.

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On measuring the number of vulnerable children in England

Children’s Commissioner, July 2017

This analysis from the Children’s Commissioner for England aims to report on the scale of vulnerability among children in England.  The initial analysis has found that over half a million children so vulnerable that the state has to step in, 670,000 children in England are growing up in ‘high risk’ family situations and 800,000 children are suffering from mental health difficulties.

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Health behaviour in school age children (HBSC): data analysis

Public Health England, June 2017

The series of 3 reports focus on:

  • self-harm
  • cyberbullying
  • emotional wellbeing of adolescent girls

These reports examine the data and explore what protective factors may exist in a young person’s life which may be linked to their mental health outcomes, ranging from personal attributes, family, school, peer and wider community context.

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A Healthy State of Mind: improving young people’s mental fitness

Localis, June 2017

The report on young people’s mental health aims to identify what the system requires to be able to work better to both offer immediate help to those with serious conditions and a wide and flexible variety of support for all those who feel they need it.

The report focuses on:

  • Overcoming barriers around first point of contact and access to services
  • The role of non-mental health professionals in helping young people with their mental fitness
  • The benefit for services of encouraging young people to have resilience, agency and independence
  • Settings where non-mental health professionals interact with young people – primarily primary care and education but also social services where there are high levels of state interaction

Click here to view the report.