3.2 Images of perfection?
Young people can spend a great deal of time engaging with social media in very different ways. From social media platforms, messaging and communication applications, online television or radio and online games, young people share images, communicate, learn and play using these different media.
Activity 8: Body shaming
Watch Video 4 of a young person Chessie King who is a YouTuber interested in online digital media and particularly body images. As you watch, make notes which address the following questions:
- How are young people influenced by the reactions of others via social media?
- How might cyber bullying impact upon a young person’s mental health?
Transcript: Video 4: Cybersmile and Chessie King Body Positivity Campaign
This video highlights the many pressures that social media can exert and here it is presented in relation to body image and the pressure to look a certain way. Many young people experience body shaming and report being the victims of online trolling.
Online trolling is a name used to describe persistent and often seemingly random comments made in an online community to provoke emotion and reaction. Research indicates how online trolls often intend to seek attention by causing upset and distress in others, whilst hiding behind their screens.