WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
Before the pandemic, University College London published a study which showed that 14 year old girls are twice as likely to show depressive symptoms linked to social media use compared to boys of the same age.
Although apps like Instagram and TikTok require users to be at least 13 years old to use the app, there are plenty of ways for younger kids to access the apps. So just how vulnerable are young teens? And just how much is social media impacting their lives?
Stephen speaks to Professor Yvonne Kelly who led UCL’s research into whether girls have a rougher time online than their male counterparts.
MEET THE EXPERT
Professor Yvonne Kelly worked as a Research Fellow in Aintree Hospitals Trust before moving to Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL in 1998.
During her time at UCL she was involved in setting up the Millennium Cohort Study.
She joined the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies (ICLS) research group when it was first founded in 2008, and is now the Director of ICLS which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
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