New figures released by a YouGov poll, commissioned by the youth charity The Diana Award, reveal how online pressures to conform could be affecting young people’s sense of self.
This new online survey conducted amongst 589 GB children aged 13-17 years, suggests the amount of pressure teens face online at a critical time when they are exploring and developing their identity. Despite being able to talk to more people than ever before, online judgement and pressure to fit in with a vast online audience limits young people’s ability to be themselves online.
- 63% of young people say people behave differently online to the way they do offline;
- Half (49%) of young people feel pressured to reply to people’s messages quickly;
- A quarter of young people (25%) feel they have to ‘like’ a post or picture that they don’t actually like.
The Diana Award is highlighting the importance of teachers and parents helping young people to develop resilience and be themselves online. In partnership with ASKfm and Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, The Diana Award is launching an educators pack and video to help young people explore their online. The resources are available on the ASKfm safety centre – safety.ask.fm. Dr Linda Papadopoulos has also created a blog answering young people’s questions about the online world.
The ‘Staying anonymous, staying safe online’ educational resources are available online for teachers to download and use.