The internet can have both positive and negative effects on our mental health and well-being.

What you need to know

The internet can provide valuable opportunities to stay connected and discover areas of interest that may improve our physical and mental well-being. However, some online interactions or experiences can impact us negatively.

Poor mental health can be associated with excessive or problematic use of technology, issues around body image or low self-esteem, or exposure to offensive or distressing content.

It is important that children and young people are supported to develop strategies to keep their online experiences positive and that they know where they can get support with their mental health if needed.

Views from the experts

The impact of social media on self esteem and how to help

Stephanie Hoffman, Head of Social Action at ProMo-Cymru

Keeping your social media experience positive

Stay true to yourself online

Sometimes we can feel under pressure to create the best impression of our lives online. Here are some tips to help you keep your social media experience positive. 

Parent and carer workshop materials

Materials for a school to run a parent and carer workshop around self-esteem and well-being in a digital world.