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Young Persons Social Media Guide




Young people across York have created a Social Media Guide to provide their peers with information and advice about using social media safely. 

In partnership with City of York Council, child and adolescent development psychology experts at York St John University ran workshops with young people (aged between 11-18 years) to understand how young people stay safe on social media. The workshops were run with young people across different settings (including schools and youth groups) within the city of York.

The workshops focused on:

  1. positive and negative uses of social media,
  2. understanding control in social media environments,
  3. the creation of strategies to “stay safe” online.

The workshops were designed to be fun, engaging and creative. Importantly, they encouraged POSITIVE and discouraged NEGATIVE aspects of social media use.

Following these workshops, a number of resources have been developed to share with young people around staying safe on social media, and are all available to download:


Staying Safe - leaflet

Staying Safe - Limiting Social Media

Staying Safe - Protecting Yourself

Staying Safe - Stopping Horrible Interactions

Staying Safe - Using Social Media Safely


York St John University have also produced this short video about how young people can stay safe online: