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Social Media

Social media can be great! Being able to communicate with friends and family at any time is awesome! But social media can be used for good or for bad, and sometimes it can make us feel sad and anxious.

Most social media platforms are for people over 13 years old, this is because some content is not appropriate for younger people. If you want to use social media, make sure you talk to your parents or carers and explore the apps and platforms together.

Remember, not everything you see online will be real. But if you’re not sure, it’s always okay to ask for support.

Everyone deserves to feel happy and in control when using social media. Here are some top tips:

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Think carefully about what you should and shouldn’t post.

It’s important to feel in control of your personal information and photos. If you aren’t sure about posting something then check with your mum or dad, or someone else who cares for you.

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Take a break.

If social media is not making you feel good, try taking a break and doing something else. You could try going for a walk, baking or playing a board game.

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Talk to someone if you see something upsetting.

Sometimes people might post things online that you find upsetting. If you’ve seen something you’re worried about, it can help to:

  • Tell someone you trust, like your parent, carer or a teacher.
  • Block and report it to the platform or website
  • Avoid sharing or commenting on it, even if you want to say you disagree

Get Support

Police Service of Northern Ireland

If someone or something is making you feel scared, threatened or distressed, report it to the police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Trusted Adults

If you are worried or concerned about something, please make sure you speak to an adult you trust.


You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. They’re here to support you.

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