Social media 'provides important support for children in care

Social media 'provides important support for children in care' | Children & Young People Now

Research carried out by the University of East Anglia's Centre for Research on the Child and Family found that the psychosocial support gained from using social media was particularly important in tackling feelings of depression, isolation and worthlessness frequently reported by young people in care. Lead researcher Dr Simon Hammond carried out in-depth observations on the sample group about how they routinely used social media in their everyday lives as well as conducting focus groups and interviews with both the young people and residential care staff. The study, based on more than 100 visits across seven months to 10 young people aged between 14 and 18 across four residential care settings in England, highlighted the importance of digital networks in increasing self-esteem and mental wellbeing. . . .