The pressure to be a perfect teenager

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Read this article from the BBC about a study on young people in Greater Manchester - an area of the UK.

It tells us that teenage girls sleep and exercise less than boys, and are three times as likely to report struggling with their mental health.

This article tells us about lots of problems - by giving statistics and stories from teenagers.

Read the full article.

What do you think is the most urgent problem raised in the article? Why?

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Comments (85)

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    22 Mar 2022

    The Internet is the first media to influence young people, followed by satellite channels. This indicates the intensity of use and exposure of young people to the Internet in a very large way, as it is the easiest and fastest way to spread, and the ability to influence what is broadcast and disseminated through the media depends from one young person to another. There is a group of young people who are aware of the nature of the risks The "positive and negative" media, and they are few, while we find a group that constitutes the majority of young people who do not have any background on the dangers and impact of the media.

    Educational institutions, especially universities, should preserve the identity and culture of youth, by supporting and highlighting the media that help in this, and avoid contributing to the creation of a fragile, identity-oriented and thought-oriented generation of youth, and investing in youth experiences through field research, as a channel of communication. Directly through which the concerns and aspirations of young people are known.

  • St Michael's Middle School amusing_attitude | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    22 Mar 2022

    I think is really urgent to fix the problem of peer pressure because so many problems ,such as the feeling of always having to fit in with what everyone wants you to be, spiral out of peer pressure. Like with the girl who gave up football club because she was the only girl there, it just shows how powerful other opinions can be on so many peoples lives. I also think that the statistics on the article are influenced by pressure like as it said about how the boys are almost under the pressure of not showing emotion and things like this are just wrong. One of the problems that also cause this is stereotyping because it is like building a wall around people and not allowing anyone inside that wall to step outside that wall otherwise they are looked at as strange or even have shame brought upon them and so I think this whole idea of people having to be a certain way should stop because it blocks people from doing what they want and creates barriers in our world that are totally unfair but for things to change it takes everyone to support this because the more people that don't discourage people doing things that they "shouldn't do" because they are a "certain person" and also for the person to be bold and to not let others opinions get in there way so that others to will be bold in what they do.

    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ Topical Talk
      amusing_attitude's comment 23 Mar 2022

      Great reasoning amusing_attitude! I've awarded you a star because you have shown great listening skills and clearly followed the instructions set in the challenge.

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      amusing_attitude's comment 23 Mar 2022

      Yes, this is true, we must abandon peer pressure in order to be able to reach what we want.

      1. British Council.jpg eager_statement | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        willing_imagination's comment 24 Mar 2022

        we do not have to leave your peer group but one has to be wise and confident in making decisions for his or herself.

    3. HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg quirky_glockenspiel | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
      amusing_attitude's comment 25 Mar 2022

      I agree everyone deserves to have a chance at anything girl or boy. Everyone is unique and different and peer pressure stops people seeing that. Almost everyone has insecurities and being perfect creates more. Just remember you are amazing and you can do anything you set your mind to.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Mar 2022

    From my point of view, the most pressing problems are the effects of social media on mental health, and it is necessary to deal with them more rationally when fixing them.

    Teens use social media for entertainment and self-expression. The platforms can expose teens to current events, allow them to interact with others and teach them a variety of topics.

    However, social media use can negatively affect teens by distracting them, disrupting their sleep, exposing them to bullying, spreading rumors and unrealistic views of others' lives, and peer pressure.

    The risks may be related to how much social media teens use. “A 2019 study of more than 6,500 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States found that those who spend more than three hours a day using social media may be at increased risk of mental health issues. Another study in 2008 found 2019 survey on more than 12,000 children aged 13-16 in England found that social media use more than three times a day predicts poorer mental health and well-being in adolescents.

    It is good to recognize that there are links between high levels of social media use and symptoms of depression or anxiety and lack of sleep. More social media use or prolonged use of social media at night, along with distress when being denied access to it, are both associated with worse sleep quality and levels of sleep. higher than worry
    I put in your hands steps to encourage responsible use and avoid some of its negative effects...
    《1》Establish reasonable limits for the adolescent on how to avoid the interference and control of social media in his activities, sleep, meals or homework. Encourage a bedtime routine that includes abstaining from electronic media...

    《2》Monitor the accounts of the teenager if he is your son or brother and regularly check his accounts on social media...

    《3》We explain to the teenager the inappropriate things. We warn him against it, such as gossiping, spreading rumors, bullying, or harming someone's reputation - via the Internet. And we talk to your teen about what's appropriate and safe to share on social media.

    《4》Encouraging direct contact with friends by meeting them and sharing their events, is especially important for young people who are prone to social anxiety disorder.

    《5》To talk about social media. And about how adolescents use and affect their feelings, and to remind adolescents that social media contains a lot of unrealistic images and the need to be careful of their negative effects...

    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ Topical Talk
      aware_painting's comment 23 Mar 2022

      You have presented some great solutions to this problem with some great research aware_painting!

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      aware_painting's comment 23 Mar 2022

      If the teenager does not find the right guidance, with the existing openness, they will be vulnerable to many types of exploitation, especially the availability of all the different means of communication.

    3. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      aware_painting's comment 23 Mar 2022

      I agree with what you say, and the teenager should not be angry with his parents if he feels that they are monitoring his account. It is also necessary for him to understand how to deal with these double-edged means. Also, parents should know the friends with whom their son deals to avoid any bad thing.

  • British Council.jpg fantastic_fossil | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    Teenage fat, most girls just want to get rid of it, most girls want that teenage fit body to bring out their "true figure", some girls go the extent of starvation and engaging in vigorous exercises just to get rid of a little fat, they feel that if their bodies are not as perfect as they want then they are not complete teenagers and they would face stigma of some sort. They put themselves through pain just to fit in , if they have that fat they are body shamed some feel so embarrassed they commit suicide, I even know a girl who does not eat at all, though she has ulcer if she eats breakfast then nothing more the whole day, you ask her why and she says its to keep a perfect shape, indeed these girls need to know not to kill them selves to try and be perfect they need to know that killing themselves to perfect isnt worth it

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      fantastic_fossil's comment 23 Mar 2022

      I think that the reason for this is being subjected to a lot of harassment by their peers, so the girl resorts to cruelty to herself and depriving her of food in order to maintain a slim body.

  • British Council.jpg inspired_tamarillo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    While reading the article, I took note of the fact that social media has significant effects both on the mental and emotional health of teens, especially girls which is a very urgent problem that needs to be fixed considering the fact that these emotional and mental effects could lead to several other outcomes such as depression, anxiety, inferiority complex and so on which may begin to manifest physically too. Girls who use social media are often compared to other girls on the social media platform too which keeps them questioning their identity and their perfection which makes girls have lower self-esteem, eating disorders, body dysmorphia and overall poor mental health. To help solve this problem, Girls need to;
    *Find a safe haven which could be with a teacher, a counselor, a parent or even a friend to talk generally on social and emotional well being which could help them feel better and no longer have sleepless nights.
    *Create boundaries from social media and explore other things and activities or even spend time with members of their families. There should be a balance between screen time and other activities which will help them to understand that their lives do not revolve around social media and help them find other things that they can do which will help them feel better.
    *Be counseled on social media use because completely banning social media use can create rebellious and fear-based behavior while falsely instilling the idea that social media has only negative outcomes. Many female teens may find that it helps with social isolation, self-expression, and human connections. Instead of forbidding screen time, parents and adults can talk to teens about optimizing technology to benefit their lives rather than using it to compare their lives with others thereby making matters worse for them.
    The reason why I feel that this problem urgently needs to be fixed is that the physical health of teens can start deteriorating considering the fact that all they do is sit use social media and get lost in their thoughts without taking part in outdoor activities which can be of great help.
    Also, there might be a lot of cases of depressed teens in the societies which may lead to a high rate of suicide which would be very bad.

    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ Topical Talk
      inspired_tamarillo's comment 23 Mar 2022

      Thank you for sharing your ideas so clearly inspired_tamarillo. You have mentioned lots of things girls can do to reduce the negative effects of social media. Do you think social media platforms should take any responsibility in helping solve this problem too?

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Molly @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Mar 2022

        Yes, my dear, the means of communication must be the first responsibility after parents for the quality of content that teenagers deal with. No post should be allowed to publish if it does not satisfy a desire to help cultivate a healthy personality among people with children, such as soft dough that can be easily formed. Therefore, it is necessary to Strict control to inculcate what is useful in their minds.

      2. British Council.jpg inspired_tamarillo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Molly @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Mar 2022

        I do not think that social media platforms necessarily have to contribute to help solve these problems because it was created for individuals to do whatever. It solely depends on the individual affected. But I think that explicit images that show the figures of people and all should be banned. Also, social media platforms should take surveys with the users and ask questions if they are being bullied and and if yes, they should report the user bullying them and that way, the social media can block the user that is bullying another or even totally disable the account.

      3. British Council.jpg grounded_guineapig | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
        Molly @ Topical Talk's comment 27 Mar 2022

        Yess Moly. Social media platforms must have some age rate for any program or anything on social media,lyk some teenagers watch programs which affect them both mental and emotional in a negative way

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      inspired_tamarillo's comment 23 Mar 2022

      1) What is the physical impact of social media on adolescents and children? 2) My mother tells me that frequent use of the phone is harmful to the eyes. Are there reports that support what you say? 3) As a girl, I like to deal with different means of communication on a daily basis. How do they help me reduce their use? What are the tips you give me in this regard?

      1. British Council.jpg inspired_tamarillo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        willing_imagination's comment 24 Mar 2022

        Hello willing_imagination I really like your comment and the questions you asked me ,I had to do a lot of research which has helped me widen my horizon too. I hope that I can answer your questions the way you want.
        For the first question(1) I'll say that ;A physical impact of social media on teens is that it deteriorates their self image and self esteem. Social media creates the “ideal” body, style, and life that everyone should have. Teenagers face an enormous amount of pressure to look a certain way, act a certain way, and be a certain way which makes them feel inferior and very shy of who they are.
        For the second question(2) ;Mobile phones can make one sick and the sickness ranges from eye strain to cancer as a result of radiation that emits from the rays of the screen. According to the "American Macular Degeneration Foundation", "The use of smartphones can lead to retinal damage or worse, macular degeneration which refers to the loss of central vision". Based on a survey of 2,000 people, 55% of them experienced eye discomfort after continuous use of smartphones. The blue and green light from smartphones also causes dry eye syndrome.(Feel free to look it up when you have more time).
        And lastly for the third question(3) ;I think that in order to reduce the use of these devices, you should get engaged in ay outdoor or extra curricular activity that makes you comfortable. It could be sports or even just taking a walk in a park and that would really help relax your nerves a lot. And instead of communicating with your friends over the phone all the time, you should take a walk or a trip to their houses and chat with them in person would would actually help in improving your communication skills.

        1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
          inspired_tamarillo's comment 24 Mar 2022

          Well done for responding directly to another student. Ypu have also given some really interesting evidence - could you tell us more about the survey - where was it from?

    3. British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      inspired_tamarillo's comment 23 Mar 2022

      I agree with you inspired_tamarillo most times the comments most girls get from social media sometimes tend to encourage them and most times tend to input lack of confidence in them. I know many Nigerian girls like Adeleke Racheal who committed suicide because of the feed back she got from people after making a post on social media.
      You said most girls can end up taking part in outdoor activities. Most at times it does not work for most girls cause even though they end up having having outdoor activities some of the activities do not interest them. I feel like they should engage specifically in outdoor activities that give them pleasure and make them happy. The effect of social media on girls have made most of them go into drugs and the solution for these is for them to go to rehabilitation centres. Social media has taken a minor responsibility in solving this problem for example on Instagram people are allowed to report other people who make offensive and use vulgar words on the platform but I think the action social media should take is blocking the comment of people who use offensive words on others and if this still persists they should deactivate the account of the people who use offensive and inappropriate words.

  • British Council.jpg enchanted_dusk | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    Ok I feel that teenagers face a lot of problems from the social media while growing up such problems include; Cyber bullying, most of the time teenagers are bullied on the internet for instance, when a teenager posts a picture of his/herself online he/she is teased about it or threatened about it.
    Secondly, teenagers are forced to do practice things they see on the internet in order to feel part of their current generation and not to feel left out, all these factors lead to teenagers facing pressure on the internet

  • British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    While reading the article I took note of the negative impact that social media has on teenagers and adolescents. The article mentioned problems such as deterioration of mental health, development of inferiority complexes, and many others. However, one problem associated with social media that I think the article didn't quite address is the formation of poor communication skills. In the professional setting, effective communication helps enhance employee productivity, boost team-building, and reduce turnover rates. In the personal setting, communication helps foster stronger relationships, build better trust, and provides new opportunities among many other benefits. With the popularity that social media has gained among teenagers, it is evident that there is a rapid loss of communication skills. Teens spend a lot of time on social media. Between five to seven and a half hours a day, according to a 2019 survey from Common Sense Media. Instead of developing communication skills by physically talking with friends and families or even going out to meet new people, the communication skills possessed by the average teenager are mostly related to conversations that happen on the screen.
    To solve this problem, I have devised a short and yet long-term solution to this problem and it involves reducing the amount of time spent on the internet by teenagers. When registering for most social media platforms, the age of the individual is a required field to fill and from my experience, it is very possible to accurately determine an individual's age. The social media platforms can then create a time limit for teenagers. Once the time limit is exceeded, the individual is forced out of the platform until the next day.
    I'm very passionate about solving this problem because I have personally experienced the negative effects that social media can have on communication skills. It got so bad for me that could sustain a normal conversation for more than 2-3 minutes and this affected me adversely when it came to my personal relationships.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      motivated_camel's comment 24 Mar 2022

      Well done for referring to the article and for coming up with a great idea to help - a good example of problem-solving!

  • British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    From my point of view I think the pressing issue is social media. Social media has large effect on teens more than adult, it teaches them to express themselves especially when seeing their role models expressing themselves whether in a good way or bad way as far as the person is popular on social media. Saint said: "I don't think it really surprises me at all. As celebrities, for example, have decided who they are, it's become easier for young people to look at the people they admire and think it's OK to express myself." Social media sometimes have bad influence on teens. For example if you are not up to date on what is happening on the social media, you might end up be looked down upon by other teens who feel they are NOT up to standard.
    My advice to parent is;
    1. Take note of the things their children search on the internet.
    2. Discourage teens from copying (Negative Behaviour) seen or heard from the social media.
    3. Discourage online friendship, because you won't know who your child is chatting with. Encourage physical friendship.
    4. Make sure your child's phone is on parental guidance to keep them safe from the internet.
    I think there is a urgent need to solve the pressing issue of social media because social media influence teens more than their parents and teachers which can turn out bad eventually.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      inventive_analysis's comment 23 Mar 2022

      And I agree with you. Social media celebrities have become the first role models for the majority of teenagers. These celebrities do not provide good content that builds the right personality. All they care about is getting followers and gaining more likes. Therefore, strict restrictions must be placed on the quality of the content to be circulated because of its impact. on our children

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      inventive_analysis's comment 28 Mar 2022

      Very interesting analysis you have done. You provide good tips on what parents can do to help you teenagers. There is already some research that clearly indicates that mobile phone can create addiction to teenagers. Therefore, it is also important that you are aware of that. And with you I would say you and your friends. I think it is also important to remember that teenagers are also very interested in what the friends do and say. You may know already how to deal with the risk of being addicted to other things, so how would you consider your need to protect yourself and your friends from that addiction? would you consider what you all can do without mobile phones?

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    What caught my attention was the "I think a lot of it today is about looking good for other people, being who other people expect you to be - the perfect girl. Especially today when lots of people are questioning who they are, and their identity." and I totally agree because in a weird sense I can weirdly relate, in recent times no one is concerned with what you want to be or how good your CHARACTER is the only thing they are concerned with is being the people they want you to be, not caring about the sacrifice they had to made to be the so called PERFECT GIRL. Girls also face a lot of societal pressure they have to care about care about their appearance and they want to look good in front of people, but boys hardly care about these type of things. Boys do not even face as much pressure as girls, boys face peer pressure which is a little bit easier to over come, while girls face pressure all round. Teenage girls are supposed to reach societies expectation if not they are not "good enough". I feel it is actually deeper than we all think, the pressure is not only to please people but to also be trusted by everyone, not only does it affect their confidence it does so many other things. For example in African culture it is common for a girl to get married to someone who she does not like all because she wants to please the family, it is also common for the woman to be the breadwinner and all of these have certain standards that have to be met and if those standards are not met it can have a huge effect on her confidence and even mental health, teenage girls have this need to be liked by everyone in the society they are all like if I do this or that they will like me not minding what they have to loose to become liked or what they are becoming. This type of things also lowers self esteem, for example if a teenage girl is expected to be a doctor and she grows up to be a culinary chef she may get nasty comments from her relatives and she will end up devastated with low self esteem. In recent times teenage girls feel the need to be overly perfect forgetting that, that aim is a really high one, they have the wrong motivation from the people around them, they feel like they can control everything that happens around them and it is not as easy at it seems, generally I feel like they just want to be recognized because they are seen as the weaker gender so they are trying to be too perfect but it is not working out as well as they thought. My little advice for the girls who feel this way is to just do what they are interested in and not what society wants them to be, they should know that they are not alone and that need to be perfect is just a phase that will pass by.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      champion_elephant's comment 24 Mar 2022

      Thank you for such a passionate comment, champion_elephant. I understand that you want to speak out for women here, which is great. However, can you spot some assumptions that you have made about men and women? For example, statements in which you have made it sound like something is true for ALL women or ALL men - when this is not true.

      1. British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Mar 2022

        But I actually do think all the points I made are true, you can rarely find a teenager that does not go through low self esteem and even if they do not most of the times they are not aware of it. Do you not agree

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    we have a real problem of peer pressure in Africa and other countries they feel this pressure to be everything their peers want them to be. I want to look at the peer pressure in the aspect of social media peer pressure most people believe that social media is the cause of most teenage girls mental and emotional bad state of health and I totally agree, some girls feel like they have to look a particular type of way to be accepted by their peers, some cannot talk to adults about it because they feel like they will not understand because obviously times are different, teenage girls feel like there is not enough support for them to even talk about their feelings, and social media does not make it any better people the teenagers feel more emotionally down on social media sites, people make horrible comments about their looks and other things and they feel this pressure to become either skinnier, lighter or other things forgetting that they DO NOT NEED TO CHANGE FOR ANYONE. This menace called peer pressure actually affects girls more than we think some happen silently and there is not much the girl can do about it most times she does not even know how to approach the situation. My little advice is that they do not have to live up to anyone's expectation but theirs.

    1. British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      champion_elephant's comment 29 Mar 2022

      Peer pressure is not only restricted to that in my own point of view peer pressure is the pressure you get from your friends to do what you do not want to do. I think the best way to solve this is for teenagers to learn to say NO to whatever they are being forced to do. As teenagers it is not all the time we have to fit in, we are unique in our way and we should be peculiar about the way we do things, and not by always yielding to peer pressure.

    2. British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      champion_elephant's comment 29 Mar 2022

      As a girl you most not live up to society's expectations I feel that as a girl you should have your own principles and standards that would guide you in life.

  • British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    In my own point of view, I think it is really important to fix the problem of pressure and not just pressure from our peers. It is really hard to be a teenager in the 21st century when everyone wants you to operate beyond expectations. One of the feedbacks from a teenager in the article sheds more light on what I am saying. She made a very vital point when she said a lot of it today is all about looking good for other people and being who people expect you to be. The pressure we get to be other people we were not created as grows every day. Where I come from when a teenager graduates from high school it is expected of the teenager to get into college immediately and if you don't, nobody cares to ask why you haven't gotten into college but all they give is an expression of disappointment and disapproval. We are compelled to fit into society by living the lives our predecessors dreamt of living without considering the fact that their dreams may not be our dreams. Nobody wants to see your point of view all they want is for their opinions to be confirmed.
    On the other hand, I believe the cause of this problem is when our elders feel they have gone deep into the world and they know how life feels. But I totally understand that they do not want us to make the mistakes they have made and what they want is the best for us but they keep forgetting that the world we live in now is different from the world they were living in then. And this is why the pressure on us keeps growing and many teenagers now have no idea who they really are and what they really want, all we know is to be perfect and have no room for mistakes.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    From my observations, social media has some negative impacts on teenagers(boys and girls). It affects them socially, mentally and even physically as research shows that 46% are unable to have enough sleep. The use of social media is very common among girls, research shows that girls use social media an average of 4.8 hours a day. I feel like some of the most common reasons for this is that most girls feel like social media is the best place to go if they are looking for support. Many girls presently are facing emotional difficulties, research shows that "Girls were three times as likely - at 22% - to report serious emotional difficulties, as boys at 7%" so many girls who do not have anybody to talk to mostly go to social media to meet new people to talk to, while boys are usually on social media to post funny or entertaining things. A 2018 report from Pew Research indicates that "girls have noticeably different behaviours when using social media and are more likely than boys to post about their personal beliefs, feelings, and problems". This also affects boys too although it is more severe in girls. The negative effects of social media include:
    1. It leads to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is very common and prominent in teenagers and harms them emotionally this is most common in girls as most of them suffer body shaming on social media and this may cause girls to start starving themselves leading to eating disorders in girls and this will have adverse effects on their health. A 2017 study of adolescents’ responses to social media shows that "negative self-comparison predicted immediate effect on emotions after browsing others’ social profiles". When girls begin to compare themselves negatively, it affects their mental health. Cyberbullies can make hurtful or harsh comments about people anonymously online.
    2. It can lead to depression. Studies show that social media may trigger an array of negative emotions in users that contribute to or worsen their depression symptoms.
    In several studies, "teenage and young adult users who spend the most time on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms were shown to have a substantially (from 13 to 66 per cent) higher rate of reported depression than those who spent the little time".
    3. It can also lead to suicide in teens. Research shows that "Of 719 individuals aged 14 to 24 years, 79% reported being exposed to suicide-related content through family, friends, and traditional news media such as newspapers, and 59% found such content through Internet sources". This information may pose a hazard for vulnerable groups by influencing decisions to die by suicide. A 2019 cross-sectional study on teen suicide rates from 1975 to 2016 in JAMA shows the largest percentage of suicide increases in girls ages 10 to 14.

    The solutions to the negative impacts of social media include:
    1. One study found that "reducing social media use to a maximum of a half-hour a day led to a decrease in feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness". If the teenager finds it hard to keep track of time, he/she should set an alarm on his/her phone.

    2. Teenagers should find people (who they are comfortable talking to) to talk to whenever they feel lonely or depressed so that they won't have to go online in search of support. This will also help to improve their mental health.

    3. Teenagers should speak up when they are being bullied online or when they are body-shamed online so that it will affect them mentally. Teenagers who also have low self-esteem issues due to cyberbullying or body-shaming online should go for counselling

    4. Social media platforms also have a role to play in this. They should not allow hurtful posts or comments about people online to be published and they should send warning messages to users who do that and if they persist, their accounts should be blocked.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      constructive_moth's comment 24 Mar 2022

      This is a great analysis of problems and solutions. Well done! Which solution do you think would work best?

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        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Mar 2022

        I feel solution 2 will work the best as that is one of the solutions to the major causes of social media overuse that is very popular among girls, in the sense that girls are always looking for someone to talk to, someone who will listen and be there for them but if all four of the solutions are combined, I feel there is bound to be an improvement.

    2. British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      constructive_moth's comment 25 Mar 2022

      I want to offer another solution through their participation in different sports clubs and motivating them to do volunteer work and various activities

    3. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      constructive_moth's comment 01 Apr 2022

      This has been copied from another comment you made elsewhere and therefore your star has been removed. Please make sure every comment is a new one.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Mar 2022

    From my point of view the problem is more complex is the impact of social media on mental health!
    In my opinion, there is no doubt that social communication has an impact on daily life, as it has direct and significant impacts not only on the behavior of its users, but also on their mental health. The impact of social networking sites on mental health Depression Social networking sites have a significant impact on mental health, in terms of causing depression and intense feelings of sadness. Spending a long time in front of computer screens or smart phone screens without doing any physical activity, especially talking to others or looking at their pictures and movements can increase feelings of depression and the brain's thick secretion of stress hormones known as cortisol. Lack of Self-Confidence Social media can be important platforms for cyberbullying. For example, after a user posts a picture of him, he may receive a number of negative comments from people or followers he does not even know. Bullying greatly reduces self-confidence, and makes the person exposed to it more inclined to social isolation and not accepting its appearance.
    Ways to reduce the impact of social media on mental health - The first thing that users of social networking sites who can be included in the category of addicts should do, is to determine the hours they use these sites. In other words, setting specific hours in the day during which these sites can be used, which greatly reduces their negative effects

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Mar 2022

    The impact of social media on teens can have significant sleep loss and distraction, as well as far-reaching negative effects on a teen's mental health. Adolescents' use of social media is often associated with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, envy, loneliness. Adolescents who experience this typically show increased feelings of loneliness and a decrease in social activities.

    Another component is anxiety and stress. Posting perfect pictures, waiting to receive a lot of likes, bullying and other offensive behaviors online, it's easy to see why social media causes so much anxiety for teens.

    low self esteem

    Another way social media affects a teen's mental health is by exacerbating low self-esteem. Teens especially are prone to feeling frustrated with themselves and their bodies when they follow certain celebrities and influencers online, dangerous comparison.

  • British Council.jpg imaginative_mood | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Mar 2022

    The point that catches my attention while reading the article is the problem withe gitle who suffered from bullying at school. I think that bullying is a serious problem that could affect women negatively as it lower their self confidence. This really can make girls fight and struggle to orove themselves. So it wastes their time and efforts. The girls become affected by this social phenomenon and show less self_ trust. The sollution for this problem can be by leading compaigns against bullying by the school support team or the councellor. This can reduce the negative concequences of this problem.

    1. British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      imaginative_mood's comment 25 Mar 2022

      Yes, it is true that the social counselor at my brother’s school holds meetings for parents to educate them about the issue of bullying and help students to inform the counselor if they are being bullied or harassed by their peers. I think it is a great way to reduce these phenomena

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    24 Mar 2022

    The risks are related to the extent to which adolescents use social media. A 2019 study of more than 6,500 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States found that those who spend more than three hours a day using social media may be at high risk of mental health issues. Another 2019 study of more than 12,000 13- to 16-year-olds in England found that social media use more than three times per day predicted poorer mental health and well-being in adolescents.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      willing_imagination's comment 24 Mar 2022

      What do you think adults and children should do about this?

      1. British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Mar 2022

        Adults could do a lot about this but not without the ccoperation of the teenagers and adolescents thamselves. The most evident solution to this problem seems to be cutting down the duration of social media usage by teenagers but I feel that this alone won't solve this problem. This is because if the teenagers and adolescents simply sit around doing nothing when they are not using the social media, then there isn't so much of a difference from when they were constantly online or on social media in fact, it appears to be worse to me because their brains are in a dominantly dormant state with almost negligable mental activity. This is simlply a state of stagnation with minimal forward movement.
        My proposed solution is that teenagers should be mandated to carry out self building (edifying) tasks for periods of time that are proportional to the amount of time they spend on social media(which should be nothing more than an hour and 30 minutes). This would not only ensure that the mental health teenagers doesn't get worse, but it will ensure that there is is progression in the quality of mental health both male and female teens around the world.

      2. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Mar 2022

        Well, they can limit this by setting up specific hours for their children to sit on social media

  • British Council.jpg eager_statement | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    24 Mar 2022

    I would like to talk on the peer group influence. The girl which wanted to join the football team but because of peer group influence she left it is a negative influence on young minds . In my own opinion, what she did was wrong because she cant let other people or what others say determine her future because some people who call themselves friends aren't really friends but they are there to ruin peoples lives because of jealousy. So if I had a chance to speak to her I think I would tell her this .an example on myself is that my love for basketball is unimaginable but because of my high I am being teased but I didn't give up I am still learning and know that one day I will make it . so what I am saying is that don't let anyone kill your dreams. Also it is important because a lot of young people minds are being crushed because of either being influenced or thinking about what the society will say.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      eager_statement's comment 25 Mar 2022

      Is it fair to say she was wrong - or is it the situation she found herself in which was wrong?

  • British Council.jpg jocular_explanation | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    24 Mar 2022

    From the article, I have chosen to focus on how children's mental health is depreciating on a daily due to excess use of social media. Most teenagers face extreme pressure from the people they interact with online, it could be because they are expected to live lives that aren't theirs online, making them create fake personalities or because they're being blackmailed by some anonymous stalker who turned to a bully, which has left them with nothing but suicidal thoughts... some even attempt which is why they end up in psychiatric homes.
    I have a few guesses about the reason why some people are so attached to social media. Some of them grew up in homes where there was no ounce of love and they learned to retreat to themselves and somehow talking to people take sit away for the mean time, as it continues, they get used to the "family" they've made online, the one that will probably shower them with the affection they never received from those around them... this has an adverse effect, they would withdraw from reality and their real-life friends, to live their online lives in solitude, where they have no problems to face.
    I would also blame it on the COVID-19 lockdown, because people were stuck at home doing nothing but gluing their eyes to screens all day to pass away time.
    Some teenagers decide to come out of the closet about their interest when it comes to interpersonal relationships and if their taste doesn't fit into the society's standards, they get bullied over and over again until they fall into depression and feel that their only way out is suicide or relying on various drugs to keep them going.
    My advice goes to the parents of teenagers facing any sort of mental issues due to what they face on social media. I want them to find out if they're feeding their kids as much attention as they need at this point of their lives, and also, when they realize they're child is going overboard with the whole social media thing, they could start limiting the child's screen-time... they might hate it at first, but it is all for the good of his or her mental health. As soon as they start getting used to the routine, then the parents could start increasing it by at most 30 minutes per month, until the child utilises time properly.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      jocular_explanation's comment 25 Mar 2022

      You've given good advice, jocular_explanation. Do you think parents will find this easy to do?

      1. British Council.jpg jocular_explanation | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 25 Mar 2022

        It all depends on the level of seriousness towards keeping their children mentally healthy, and it also depends on how the child reacts to it because some children could keep grudges with their parents for reducing their screen-time, others can be so rebellious to the point they could get part-time jobs to raise enough money to get another phone and continue where they left, these two categories of children could make the work difficult for the parents. But if their children are understanding, they would begin to train themselves to get accustomed to their new lifestyle, making it easier for the parents.

  • British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    24 Mar 2022

    Going through the article, I found out, and learnt that social media has a negative impact on both the male and female gender.
    Though, social media also has a positive impact on our lives, but were there is a positive impact there must also be a negative impact and of which the negative impact must be curbed immediately because it has destroyed and ruined the lives of many teenagers.
    However social media use has caused both physical and mental damage on the lives of teenagers. It can also cause severe headache and muscular pain as to use social apps requires a lot of attention, mental activeness, and involvement and because of this, the teenager may not be able to have the strength to carry out his or her day to day activities as he or she may be tired because of the time spent on social media.
    Also, it has been confirmed that 'The amount of time teenagers spend on social networking sites has risen 62.5 percent since 2012 and continues to grow'. Because of the time teenagers spend daily on social media, it weakens the eyesight in a few days probably due to fact that he or she denies him or herself from sleep.
    As teenagers try to spend their respective time in using social media, they try to follow famous personalities and heroes such as musicians, actors, comedians and dancers who attract them on social media. They consider them as role models and try to copy their style in real life. For this, most of the teenagers end up wishing and try to look or behave like those role models who may not have a positive impact on the lives of those teenagers. For the female gender, she may want to undergo plastic surgery because she wants her body shape to be like her role model and because of that she may be feel insecure about her body and may not want to engage in any activity because of the level of insecurity that she has about her body. For the male gender, there are cases where he may want to start smoking because his role model smokes and because of this unduly act he may have irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines, cancer, heart disease, stroke and also lung diseases of which is very bad to the human system. It can also lead to untimely death.
    To every problem there is a solution and the solutions are as follows;
    1). Parent should avoid letting there children on social media platforms such as Instagram, twitter and so on. Especially if their child is still a teenager because this social media platforms expose the child to different things which may have a negative impact on the live of the child.

    2). If at all a teenager has a phone, the parents should try there possible best by placing parental guide on the phone in order to avoid the child from different sites on the media.

    3). Schools should also create a tight schedule for the student in order to prevent them from spending their times on their phone on sites that may not help them positively.

    4). Teenagers should be encouraged and enlightened on the dangers of spending time on social media platforms by using examples based on someone's life who has been a victim of the negative impact of social media.

    1. British Council.jpg grounded_guineapig | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
      affable_atmosphere's comment 27 Mar 2022

      Yess i agree with you 100%. I for instance i took some celebrity as my role model, so i was influenced by some of how she used to dress. My mum said it several times but i tried to ignore her because i knew she was not modernised buh i didnt know i was impacting some kind of last to men. So what affable_atmosphere is saying is very right

  • British Council.jpg tranquil_rock | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    24 Mar 2022

    When I read through the article I noticed an issue that struck me, the fact that a girl dropped out of football because she felt unwelcome, is not right to make someone give up what he or she loves doing because of your attitude, sports emphasize teamwork it is essential for a good athlete, and if one of the team members are feeling unwelcome she cannot play at her optimum best and will end up feeling incompetent, inferior and left out, which is bad for their mental health. A way to solve the problem is to hire a female coach, if a girl does not see any successful female in the sporting field she will not be able to visualize herself as a player and will not be able to adapt to a sporting environment that may be dominated by boys, not to mention a female coach may be able to reduce the feelings of discomfort that a girl may be feeling with her presence alone talk less of when the coach makes deliberate effort to do so also it may help to reduce some of the prejudice some boys may have developed against girls that make them discriminate against them when they see a skilled coach that can do everything that they can do.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      tranquil_rock's comment 25 Mar 2022

      We totally agree that role models are very important. Do you have a role model who has inspired you, tranquil rock?

      1. British Council.jpg tranquil_rock | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 26 Mar 2022

        well, yes Kate my role model is my teacher he inspired my comment

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    24 Mar 2022

    I think that the most urgent problem in the article is the impact of social media on the mental health of adolescents because social media has negative and negative effects
    Social media and smartphones have both positive and negative effects on our mental health, behavior and overall well-being. On the one hand, it helps us communicate with friends and family members who are separated by distances, and it is a source that provides us with news and information, and many other benefits. Having a smart phone is like having a computer in our pocket, allowing us to communicate and obtain information easier and at any time. .


    But there are always two sides to every coin. Smartphones and social media have negative effects when it comes to our behavior. These negative effects are associated with the overuse of social media:
    The addictive nature that predisposes us to the need to stay in touch.
    - Establishing our self-assessment based on the comments received through those media.

    1. avatar.jpg Adria @ Arup
      appreciative_pear's comment 28 Mar 2022

      Very interesting argument you have developed yourself here. What would be interesting also apart from the analysis is to consider what you and your friends can do to reduce that addiction you mentioned. What you can do to make the most of the positive effects but reduce the negative effects? Can you consider what think you and your friends like that do not need to have a mobile phone to do it?

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    Thank you for your attention to these topics that many did not pay attention to 💕

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    In recent years, social media has spread in a very large way. Almost everyone has a phone, computer, or iPad. Everyone has become familiar with and read the news and what is going on around the world. Thus, social media plays a major role in influencing everyone, and it is a double-edged sword. We use it for knowledge, study, self-expression, or to work in an organized manner, and this is a positive effect, and it can also have negative effects if it is used to play and bully others, and this is not permissible. This problem can be solved by self-monitoring of the person. For anyone who misuses it until he is punished

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      fabulous_flight's comment 28 Mar 2022

      What do you mean by self-monitoring?

      1. British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Mar 2022

        That the user be aware that what he is doing is correct and does not harm anyone, not even himself. If he uses this method, he will not fall into error

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    28 Mar 2022

    I think is really urgent to fix the problem of peer pressure because so many problems ,such as the feeling of always having to fit in with what everyone wants you to be, spiral out of peer pressure. Like with the girl who gave up football club because she was the only girl there, it just shows how powerful other opinions can be on so many peoples lives. I also think that the statistics on the article are influenced by pressure like as it said about how the boys are almost under the pressure of not showing emotion and things like this are just wrong. One of the problems that also cause this is stereotyping because it is like building a wall around people and not allowing anyone inside that wall to step outside that wall otherwise they are looked at as strange or even have shame brought upon them and so I think this whole idea of people having to be a certain way should stop because it blocks people from doing what they want and creates barriers in our world that are totally unfair but for things to change it takes everyone to support this because the more people that don't discourage people doing things that they "shouldn't do" because they are a "certain person" and also for the person to be bold and to not let others opinions get in there way so that others to will be bold in what they do in honest truth that is my opinion.

  • British Council.jpg balanced_dolphin | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Mar 2022

    In my opinion, the problem that must be solved is: (Social media and its impact)
    Social media is a double-edged sword.
    It gives teenagers many opportunities to communicate with each other and express their feelings and opinions in different and wonderful ways.
    In addition, it has negative effects on adolescents if they overuse it.
    Professor Alina Morawska conducted a study that talked about how social media affects teens and what parents can do to help.
    She noted that adolescents on social media doubled their exposure to abuse, social isolation, depression, anxiety and cyberbullying.
    Researchers are beginning to uncover the link between depression and social media. What they've discovered suggests that increased use of social media can exacerbate depressive symptoms. Adolescents who experience this typically show increased feelings of loneliness and a decrease in social activities. According to Australian statistics from Roy Morgan, girls between the ages of 14 and 24 spend 822 minutes on social media each week (about two hours a day).Boys ages 14 to 24 spend 528 minutes per week (just over an hour each day).
    The average teen spends about 1.6 hours on social media each day. Research conducted by Common Sense Media in the US found that teens spend an average of 7 hours and 22 minutes on their phones each day. This screen time does not include any school work or activities related to reading or listening to music.
    Alina sheds light on why social media is an addictive vice for young minds.
    There are situations where parents should restrict a teen's use of social media, including:
    1.Addiction: If social media is taking up a large part of their day, affecting their sleep and school, and they lack self-regulation, it may be time to step in and implement some limits.
    2.If your teen shows signs of depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder related to social media, it's a good idea to restrict their use.

    3.If you have reason to believe that your tIn fact, social media contains a lot. Talking about it is a vast sea because it is constantly evolving, so we have to use it safely and usefully.een is engaging in inappropriate and irresponsible behavior online.
    A moment please... I forgot to tell you that it affected me while I was writing this article, because my eyes hurt.

    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ Topical Talk
      balanced_dolphin's comment 29 Mar 2022

      This is well researched comment, balanced_dolphin! You have mentioned some situations where parents should step in to stop their children using social media too often. Do you think social media companies have any responsibility in stopping young people spending too much time on their platforms?

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Mar 2022

    From my observations, social media has some negative impacts on teenagers(boys and girls). It affects them socially, mentally and even physically as research shows that 46% are unable to have enough sleep. The use of social media is very common among girls, research shows that girls use social media an average of 4.8 hours a day. I feel like some of the most common reasons for this is that most girls feel like social media is the best place to go if they are looking for support. Many girls presently are facing emotional difficulties, research shows that "Girls were three times as likely - at 22% - to report serious emotional difficulties, as boys at 7%" so many girls who do not have anybody to talk to mostly go to social media to meet new people to talk to, while boys are usually on social media to post funny or entertaining things. A 2018 report from Pew Research indicates that "girls have noticeably different behaviours when using social media and are more likely than boys to post about their personal beliefs, feelings, and problems". This also affects boys too although it is more severe in girls. The negative effects of social media include:
    1. It leads to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is very common and prominent in teenagers and harms them emotionally this is most common in girls as most of them suffer body shaming on social media and this may cause girls to start starving themselves leading to eating disorders in girls and this will have adverse effects on their health. A 2017 study of adolescents’ responses to social media shows that "negative self-comparison predicted immediate effect on emotions after browsing others’ social profiles". When girls begin to compare themselves negatively, it affects their mental health. Cyberbullies can make hurtful or harsh comments about people anonymously online.
    2. It can lead to depression. Studies show that social media may trigger an array of negative emotions in users that contribute to or worsen their depression symptoms.
    In several studies, "teenage and young adult users who spend the most time on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms were shown to have a substantially (from 13 to 66 per cent) higher rate of reported depression than those who spent the little time".
    3. It can also lead to suicide in teens. Research shows that "Of 719 individuals aged 14 to 24 years, 79% reported being exposed to suicide-related content through family, friends, and traditional news media such as newspapers, and 59% found such content through Internet sources". This information may pose a hazard for vulnerable groups by influencing decisions to die by suicide. A 2019 cross-sectional study on teen suicide rates from 1975 to 2016 in JAMA shows the largest percentage of suicide increases in girls ages 10 to 14.

    The solutions to the negative impacts of social media include:
    1. One study found that "reducing social media use to a maximum of a half-hour a day led to a decrease in feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness". If the teenager finds it hard to keep track of time, he/she should set an alarm on his/her phone.

    2. Teenagers should find people (who they are comfortable talking to) to talk to whenever they feel lonely or depressed so that they won't have to go online in search of support. This will also help to improve their mental health.

    3. Teenagers should speak up when they are being bullied online or when they are body-shamed online so that it will affect them mentally. Teenagers who also have low self-esteem issues due to cyberbullying or body-shaming online should go for counselling

    4. Social media platforms also have a role to play in this. They should not allow hurtful posts or comments about people online to be published and they should send warning messages to users who do that and if they persist, their accounts should be blocked.
    5. There can be provision for counselling on social media platforms. This will help teenagers who have problems. Students who have been cyberbullied, body-shamed or that are facing different problems can go for counselling sessions that have been made available on social media platforms.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      constructive_moth's comment 30 Mar 2022

      You've clearly done lots of research here. Can you give the sources of your research and the reports you reference?

  • British Council.jpg balanced_dolphin | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Mar 2022

    I think so, teenagers are the people who follow these platforms the most and the people who are most affected by them, and they are the future youth and the basis for the progress and development of society over the ages. In another way, to clarify my statement (I collected suggestions from my family members, especially my parents, because their opinion is influential in a case like this), they told me the following:
    1. Each individual has an account on social media platforms and therefore all accounts are programmed to allow them to work for a certain period (an hour per day for example) and after this period the platform is closed immediately and this process is repeated every 24 hours so that the individual can meet his needs and benefit from these sites Properly does not affect negatively
    2.Preventing the publication of offensive posts that are not appropriate for the ages of teenagers.
    I hope you understand my opinion and support me.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      balanced_dolphin's comment 30 Mar 2022

      It's great to speak with others around us to gather their perspective and ideas.

  • British Council.jpg great_concept | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Mar 2022

    I guess girls are really lazy I don't say it's a boy bias but it's the truth but I'm a girl too! Boys do sports, walk or go to the gym and lift weights. Girls don't do that much, they go shopping, eat, catch up on fashion, or surf the Internet all the time and look for something interesting. Boys have physical strength and help to carry heavy things while girls can't help but sit and watch about it, and boys don't realize that they are teenagers as time goes by they are always busy Girls really have free time and they fill it with thinking like how I'm going to be beautiful how I'm going to be like this, that, and that Which lowers self-confidence. I think gyms and playgrounds for girls should be established in my country.
    As for the countries of the world, I don't know if this exists, but I ask the girls to do their best to pass this stage in peace and not complain about anything!♡

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      great_concept's comment 30 Mar 2022

      Hi great_concept - you have shared a lot of personal opinions here, which is great, however sometimes you have made your opinions sound like they are true for everyone, which is unfair. For example, when you said ""boys do sport or go to the gym and lift weights" - this is not true for every boy. Or when you said that girls fill their time by thinking about how to be beautiful - this is not true for every girl. In fact, these are examples of gender bias and are based on your own assumptions. What could you do to help break these examples of gender bias in future?

  • British Council.jpg inspired_cherry | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Mar 2022

    Social networking sites are the most affecting the minds of teenagers.
    In adolescence, humans are not aware or understanding. Everyone's interests change at that stage. A good person is the one who knows how to act at that stage, put his interests towards his knowledge and ambitions, and begin to achieve his goals.
    Communication sites have corrupted people's minds. It is a mistake to evade them at that time. We must be careful in dealing with them, enhance their self-confidence, and fill them with love and tenderness.
    Cruelty to them changes their behavior and thinking.
    Take care of your children's thinking.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      inspired_cherry's comment 30 Mar 2022

      Can you give an example of what you mean by "communication sites have corrupted people's minds"?

      1. British Council.jpg inspired_cherry | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 04 Apr 2022

        Teenagers are looking for what is not suitable for them, for things that are suitable for the elderly. Social networking sites should be limited. Parents should care about what their children watch. They should have greater awareness.
        Like the ignorant who sees what does not fit his religion and sees what does not benefit him, and it is possible that the bad people influence people and corrupt them more and more.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    31 Mar 2022

    I think is urgent to fix the problem of peer pressure because so there are so many problems that spiral out of peer pressure, such as the feeling of always having to fit in with what everyone wants you to be. Like the girl who gave up football club because she was the only girl there, it just shows how powerful other opinions can be in so many people's lives. I also think that the statistics in the article are influenced by pressure like as it said about how the boys are almost under the pressure of not showing emotion and things like this are just wrong. One of the problems that also cause this is stereotyping because it is like building a wall around people and not allowing anyone inside that wall to step outside that wall otherwise they are looked at as strange or even have shame brought upon them and so I think this whole idea of people having to be a certain way should stop because it blocks people from doing what they want and creates barriers in our world that are unfair but for things to change it takes everyone to support this because the more people that don't discourage people doing things that they "shouldn't do" because they are a "certain person" and also for the person to be bold and to not let others opinions get in there way so that others to will be bold in what they do.

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    31 Mar 2022

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  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    31 Mar 2022

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  • St Michael's Middle School fair_donkey | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    Lots of teenagers feel the pressure to be perfect all the time because they feel like people will judge them. Some people also feel pressured to fit in with groups that they don't agree with because that's what their friends are doing. Both girls and boys feel like they should look a certain way like 'girls have to look pretty' and 'boys have to be strong' . I think we should stop this so that no one feels judged and insecure.

  • St Michael's Middle School devoted_buffalo | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    01 Apr 2022

    I think that peer pressure is a huge issue in current society, from people being persuaded into doing things they don't want to going with todays body standards. People are pressured into looking like models or people they see on social media or judged for not having and "hourglass figure" or "big muscles" . This can cause people to feel unworthy or down about themselves. This is an urgent matter that needs to be fixed ASAP! So many teens today are being affected by these unrealistic standards that the current society sets. We need to start having more representation of people that are beautiful for being then not because of their "perfect body".

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    02 Apr 2022

    I hope that teens will benefit from this publication because it is rich in information🌞💕

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    02 Apr 2022

    The topic is beautiful and interesting Thank you for your interest in this beautiful topic

  • British Council.jpg strong_lion | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    02 Apr 2022

    when I read the article I took note of an issue about a girl who wants to be a scientist drop out of football because she felt unwelcome. People should be accepted for who they are and not because of their gender. Football should not be stereotyped to a game for only boys football could be played by even girls too. Girls shouldn't be seen as unfit or not good enough to play football. If some is good at something let him do it let no hinderance come in and stop them. Social media has a lot of positive and negative impact on people and I think it affects them not negatively because people who don't know you expect you to be something you are not. A way to help stop the problem of discrimination in football is by create agencies in schools that will help promote girls that can play football to participate in it actively. Lets stop this bias and let girls be free and welcome to do what they are good at.

  • British Council.jpg optimistic_speech | Sanour Basic Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Apr 2022

    One of the most common problems of social networking sites. It is true that it has made the world a small village like a spider's web. This is why it is called "the web".
    However, the Internet has negatively affected adolescents and young people and they have become obsessed with it, exposing them to lack of sleep, neglect, lack of movement and dealing with the outside world, which leads to bullying. Also a common problem is exposing them to threats from unknowns and so on.
    There is information I read earlier about the stats, here it is
    A 2019 study of more than 6,500 children ages 12 to 15 in the United States found that those who spend more than three hours a day using social media may be more likely to develop mental health problems.
    To solve these problems, parents and educational centers should educate teens about the Internet and how to deal with it properly
    Parents should check the videos and games that children watch and block bad websites from them and others.

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