- Teenagers’ mental health is being damaged by heavy social media use, a report has found.
- Research from the Education Policy Institute and The Prince’s Trust said wellbeing and self-esteem were similar in all children of primary school age.
- Boys and girls’ wellbeing is affected at the age of 14, but girls’ mental health drops more after that, it found.
- A lack of exercise is another contributing factor – exacerbated by the pandemic, the study said.
- According to the research:
- One in three girls was unhappy with their personal appearance by the age of 14, compared with one in seven at the end of primary school
- The number of young people with probable mental illness has risen to one in six, up from one in nine in 2017
- Boys in the bottom set at primary school had lower self-esteem at 14 than their peers
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