Less than one week left for young people to have their say on the impact of social media!

What is the impact of social media on the health and wellbeing of young people in Warwickshire? That is what Warwickshire County Council (WCC), Public Health would like to know, and there is less than one week left for 10-18 year olds in Warwickshire to have their say!

There has been national research which explores the impact of social media on young people, highlighting both the positive and negative effects on health and wellbeing. Dr John Linnane, WCC Director of Public Health, has chosen this as the topic of his 2018 annual report. To inform this report a short online survey has been designed with young people to explore the impact in Warwickshire, and they want as many people as possible aged 10-18 and living in Warwickshire to complete it.

WCC Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “This survey provides young people with the chance to have their say on social media, an area that can have a huge impact on health and wellbeing, so I am pleased we have the opportunity to really listen to their views. For Warwickshire County Council this forms a key part of our commitment to putting young people at the heart of all we do.

“Understanding their experiences will not only allow us to compare the situation in Warwickshire against the national findings, but also to make recommendations to provide information, guidance and support to young people, professionals and parents/carers.

“This is a chance for young people to make their voice heard, so I encourage everybody aged 10-18 to complete the survey and have their say!”

To complete the survey go to bit.ly/socialmediahealth. The survey closes on Thursday 29 March.

The findings will be published in the annual report in September 2018.