But could this constant search for validation trigger negative thoughts about body image? Social media creates an environment where disordered thoughts and behaviors really thrive.
Claire Mysko, an award-winning author and expert on body image, leadership, and media literacy, explains: For young people who have a tendency towards perfectionism, anxiety, or disordered eating, the often digitally enhanced images of skinny girls or women they see online can lead them to equate slimness with happiness. Johanna Kandel, founder of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, stresses the value of having two-way discussions with your child about social media use. Her advice is not to judge your child but instead ask questions about the impact social media has on them.
How does it feel when someone approves of your picture?
Why does it feel important to stay connected to your friends online? How many times a day do you compare yourself to someone else?
Have you ever felt worse about yourself after scrolling through a social media site? While acknowledging its downsides, Kandel believes social media can also be positive and inspiring for young people.
Malloy: After all, there are so many interesting things and so many different people in the world. I like my life, I enjoy it, and I will be happy to enjoy every moment of life with my beloved serious man who can also have fun and be serious when it is needed. I'm cheerful and sociable girl. I am caring, feminine, family oriented,faithful and honest to my family. I am a family person and it is important for me to know that my house is comfortable for all people, who live there.
Tell them, and tell them often, what you value in them. While this seems simple, and may elicit eye-rolls, it can help counteract the never-ending slew of perfect images directed at your child.
As women, we are prone to talking about the things that are wrong with our bodies. Instead, ask your child what their body did well this week. Was it running, dancing, or playing an instrument? Help them see why their body is amazing, no matter how it looks.
What you see in a photograph is often a heavily-photoshopped version of reality. If your child has experienced bullying, we hope these anti-bullying activities will help them.
Use the Letter Challenge video, activity, and action checklist to give your child the confidence they need to put bullying behind them. New technology has made it easier for bullies to reach their victims.
If you think your child is being affected, use our action checklist for advice on how to support and protect your child from cyberbullying.
Arguably the biggest difference between our own teenage years and those of our children, social media is here to stay.