Online Stress

To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.

Resilience empowers the individual to recognise the positives and negatives of social media and be aware of unhealthy messages and how it can affect an individual and their family/friends. Resilience enables an individual to use social media correctly and to challenge or provide support to others who don’t.

Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.

But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks.  By helping the individual to understand what the risks are, schools/parents/carers can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.

FOMO (fear of missing out)

FOMO is an anxiety or insecurity over the possibility of missing out on something as an event or opportunity. It is often aroused by posts seen on social media. This social anxiety is characterised by a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing. FOMO refers to the feeling or perception that an individual may have that others are having more fun, living better lives, or experiencing better things than they are. It involves a deep sense of envy and affects self-esteem. FOMO can lead to performance anxiety and depression and can result in an individual becoming less efficient and more disconnected with others.

Source – Young Minds

  • State what wellbeing and social media mean.
  • Describe the actions a person can take to look after their wellbeing with a balance of online and offline activities.
  • Evaluate the positives and negatives of social media.

Source – Rise Above


  • Be able to define the terms well-being and social media.
  • Outline a range of strategies to improve well-being – including how to use social media responsibly.
  • Explain the importance of balance in on line and off line activities.
  • Recognise the difference between online and real friends and understand that social media sometimes does not reflect real life.
  • Know from whom to get help and advice about online stress, including the Rise Above website.
  • Identify helpful strategies to manage online stress.

Source – Rise Above