One in three girls say their biggest issue online is comparing themselves to others on social media
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A recent survey has found that one in three girls between 11 and 21 believe their biggest issue online is constantly comparing themselves to others on social media.
UK charity Girlguiding surveyed over 1000 young people and also found that 12% of girls say that their parents are aware of the pressure put on young people online. The majority believed that their parents were more concerned about their children being groomed online.
Other issues for girls online included grooming, how their photographs could be used or altered, and threats from strangers. One third also worried about how they looked in their photos.
Deputy chief executive of Girlguiding Ruth Marvel discussed the ‘increasing pressure to live the perfect life online and the negative impact this is having on their wellbeing’.
‘We need to listen and take girls’ voices seriously to protect their happiness, wellbeing and opportunities in life, both online and offline’.
Labour MP Jess Phillips has said that the results were ‘worrying’ adding that;
‘Improving how girls and women feel about themselves isn’t just important to stop hurt feelings, as some may claim … it matters because women trying to reach some unattainable goal of how our faces, bodies, homes and lifestyles should be seeps into real life and sees women feeling inferior in the workplace and in their personal relationships.’
Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert revealed that in the past year double the number of children and young people have come to her feeling inadequate due to pressures online.
‘What young people see on social media doesn’t reflect real life, and we need to do more to help young people build resilience to the pressures of being online.’Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO