Social media, peer pressure and the mental health of young people in care: Fostering Excellence Masterclass

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A free masterclass for foster carers and practitioners exploring the links between social media use and teenage mental health; and the strategies to help young people in care manage their lives online and how to best look after their mental health.

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Masterclass overview

We know that children and young people in general are going online much earlier, which is changing how they view the world and each other. This can make it hard for them to differentiate between fantasy and reality and it can change how they engage with the adults who care for them. With a soaring rise in social media platforms, there is also the constant pressure to keep up with family, friends and current trends/news across apps such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok and Snapchat.

Research shows that being too active on social media and worrying about regularly posting pictures and status updates has been linked to anxiety, poor body image and poor mental health. The constant seeking of approval from others and searching for external validation, means that young people may struggle to develop a secure sense of self that isn’t dependant on social media affirmation. For some young people in care, this pressure and reliance on social media may be amplified, if through personal experiences and early trauma they already have low self-esteem and little self-worth.

Mobile phone and social media addiction in this way can therefore have a significant impact on a young person’ wellbeing, such as changes in behaviour, performance at school, insomnia, anxiety and depression.

This masterclass will introduce attendees to the variety of social media platforms, how young people are engaging with them and what impact it can have on their mental health and wellbeing.

This masterclass will:

  • Explore the pressures and risks created by social media; and how young people in care are vulnerable to these 
  • Discover some of the important principles and strategies around how to encourage young people in care to stay safe online
  • Discuss the impact of image and celebrity cultures and the pressures this creates, as well as issues relating to low self-esteem, mental health and the impact of exposure to pornography
  • Develop an awareness of online relationships/romances and the positives and pressures that these may create, and how to help young people in care navigate these situations
  • Understand how to support young people in care through some of these issues and negative influences of social media.


When and where

Wednesday 5 February 2020 from 10am – 1.30pm
The Waterfront Community Church, Langdon Road, Swansea, SA1 8QY

Book your free place.

Please follow the Eventbrite link to book and confirm your place.

We expect the masterclass’s to be busy, so please book early in order to secure your place.

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided, please inform us on the booking page if you have any dietary requirements.