Georgina Newton, member of the Centre for Politics & Media Research, has developed work from her PhD among 11 and 12-year old girls to detail their engagement with social media and some of the key concerns or challenges social media presents young people.
The data was gathered through focus groups and one-to-one interviews during 2015 and 2016, in two schools in the Midlands area of the UK. The key findings from her research were produced in a report published on the Thinkuknow website – a website which enables professionals to explore difficult and sensitive issues safely with children and young people.
Her report titled Young girls, social media use and the issues and concerns these girls have about their on-line lives suggests that young girls experience pressure via social media, in terms of presence on multiple platforms as well as feeling self-conscious due to pressure regarding their appearance. There are additional results that point to further consideration being required to ensure the safety (physical and emotional) of young people online.
The full report can be found here.