What is the psychological impact of being a child influencer?
May 2, 2019
By: Jenna Rachid
Some parents have traded their jobs in to become full-time social media account managers for their children, the Daily Mail reports. But what can constant scrutiny from strangers do to a children’s self-confidence?
A 2018 Children’s Commissioner report found that many children experienced acute anxiety about follower numbers and the amounts of attention their posts attracted.
UKCP psychotherapist Dr Nicole Gehl says it is all ‘untested territory’. ‘You could say Instagramming your child isn’t really so different from letting them be a model or an actor – but models and actors are playing parts, while influencers are being themselves. This is more like putting your child on Big Brother from birth and letting the whole world witness their development,’ Gehl adds.
Cosmetic clinics have a duty of care to those with mental health problems
Cosmetic clinics will now screen customers for mental health problems.
According to the Independent, This comes after a meeting between NHS England and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), which has now set out new measures to protect vulnerable clients.
‘Cosmetic firms bringing in tighter controls to protect young people’s mental health is a major step forward,’ says Professor Stephen Powis, Medical Director for NHS England.
Blackpool families to become more mental health resilient
A new £10 million scheme is trying to help families deal with hardships that affect their mental health, the BBC report.
Children from low-income families more likely to experience mental health problems like anxiety and depression. But will this scheme help them feel more mental health resilient?