Adolescence and early adulthood is a critical and potentially vulnerable time for social and emotional development, which means understanding the effects of social media on health at this stage is of particular interest. This report explores both the positive and negative impacts social media, identified by expert academics, may be having on young people’s mental health
and emotional wellbeing, and suggests ways in which the risks to health can be mitigated, whilst harnessing and promoting the positive aspects. Social media can and should be utilised as a tool for good – the challenge is to ensure social media companies are doing their utmost to make platforms a safe place to be, and for our young people to be equipped with the relevant skills to be able to navigate them and know where to seek help, should they need it.