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Social media and self-care

While there are many positives to social media, not all activities are equal. We all need to be mindful of our social media use. These resources will support your class to think about how they can take care of themselves online.

Learning intentions

  • Identify online habits
  • Understand that online content can effect people in different ways
  • Develop strategies for managing online content that young people consume.
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Junior Cycle

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20 mins

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Who am I?

Mikayla's story

A young girl is looking closely at her phone. Over the top of the photograph, it says:

Mikayla, a youth advocate for Jigsaw, talks about some ways to practice self care while using social media.
Watch this video in class and ask students to discuss Mikayla's story, write down reflections or answer a question from the discussion prompt below.

Group discussion

Ask the class to consider if there were positives mentioned in the video that they hadn’t thought of before.

Invite them to reflect on which of these, if any, might be true for them. 

Further reading for your students
Stacked stones by the water to illustrate relaxation for mental health

Relaxation and mental health

Things like exams, family, friends, finances, and the future can feel overwhelming. Feeling stressed or tense can be a signal to take a break and have some downtime. Relaxation is important for our mental health.
Close up of someone's boots on a road in the direction of an arrow painted on the road

Feeling pressure

Young people who come to Jigsaw often talk to us about the pressure they’re feeling. Some of the things they feel pressure from include: fitting in, supporting friends, future plans.
man holding mobile phone

Time spent online

Time spent online and on social media is often regarded as negative, but is this true?