This week we enter the final phase of the pillar 4 online safety. The girls have handed in their individual projects and we are recapitulating the most important ideas discussed.
Last week we had a very interesting discussion around social media followers and our types of accounts.
Mégard girls uses sites like Instagram, Snapchat and Tik Tok and they told us that this sites offer much more than a virtual place to hang out. New research shows that they play a key role in how teens measure and manage social success; it also finds that the overuse of social media may bring added risks to an adolescent’s mental health.
We discussed the effects on measure someone’s popularity or validation based on their number of Instagram followers. The more followers you have, the more liked, respected and admired you are by your fellow peers. Some people even go to the extreme lengths to even purchase Instagram followers and likes for pictures. The more followers the better. Is this a positive measure in our life?
There is also a danger of having a large amount of followers and is not knowing who they are. This is why some of our students told us they might have open accounts but they select who do they share the content with. It is also important to remember that not everyone is who they may seem to be. Although Instagram or Snapchat may have a profile picture displayed as someone , behind the screen might be a different person.
Thank you girls for your insights!