The benefits of social media for young people in care


Young people in care benefit from the psychological, emotional and social support gained via social media networks -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia's Centre for Research on the Child and Family (CRCF).

Until now, the automatic assumption has been that platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp only pose a risk for this vulnerable group.

But social media can help young people living in state care maintain healthy and appropriate birth family relationships and friendships, make new connections and ease transitions between placements and into adult independence.

The research is published today in the British Journal of Social Work, ahead of Safer Internet Day 2018 Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Read the full article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180202085257.htm

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