It was shocking to read the study published today that said the majority of young people wish social media had never been invented. Many had taken part in a digital detox and around half had suffered online abuse.
This was also brought home while watching Educating Greater Manchester on television tonight. The impact of social media on the young lives was seen in detail. It included bullying, exclusion and the risk of exploitation.
But while all this could lead us to consider the need to boycott social media I think there is a bigger issue. We need to equip our young people with the skills to be resilient and cope with all the stresses of modern life. There are so many hints and tips and exercises that could help them but we don’t seem to recognise the need to do this.
When young people get into the workplace they can struggle to deal with it. There are demands day after day, there is little opportunity for a time out and you will meet both good and bad people. Deadlines, resourcing gaps and unrealistic demands will also face them. Inner strength and resilience is important for everyone.
We have to act quickly and introduce the support to build skills that can guide young people through their lives. What we do now will have a huge impact on the future of our young people and all of us. Perhaps we now need to teach some different life skills.