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World Social Media Day 2020

30th Jun 2020

As an anti- bullying charity, we naturally spend a large proportion of our time focusing on the dangers and the risks associated with Social Media; but for this post we are focusing instead on all the positives that Social Media has brought to the world and celebrating the good that it has added to our communities. Our trainer Lucy writes about what it means for her:

Our children won’t remember a world without Social Media. The first social network was created in 1997 and from there has grown into an online community with over 3 billion users. People of all generations can now communicate across various platforms  – sharing photos, videos, thoughts and opinions; creating a world where we can access those we love from our sofas and kitchen tables even if they live half a world away.

I think Social Media Day 2020 is particularly special because this year perhaps more than most we have seen the impact social media can have on our mental health by allowing us to access so much online. Imagine what this lockdown period would have been like without Social Media – especially for those who have been shielding, or live alone.  Have you even BEEN in lockdown if you haven’t partaken in at least one zoom quiz? What a fantastic way of enabling friends and families to get together and enjoy a night of entertainment and chat. It feels like we are all making so much more of an effort with each other and with people who we perhaps wouldn’t have made that effort with pre lockdown. Despite the fact that all these networks were available before lockdown I’ve realised that, personally, I was pretty lazy about my use of them. Lockdown has pushed us all to explore what social media platforms are out there and use the ones that work best for us to communicate with those around us.

I have used Facebook and YouTube to access fitness classes I would usually attend in person. I have used Instagram to watch cookery demos to cook recipes I would never normally have time to make. I’ve used TikTok for challenges and seen how it can be used effectively to bring people together and I’ve used Whatsapp to order takeaways from restaurants that previously I would have just eaten in at. There are so many ways of communication now available to us through social media and I think now that we all have more of an awareness of how easily they can all be used, even more will follow. 2020 may well be the year that defines Social Media for the generations to come.

And so my challenge to you today for Social Media Day 2020 is to leave your comfort zone and use your Social Media for something you may not normally use it for. A WhatsApp video call to a loved one instead of a text, a Facebook quiz instead of watching a quiz show on TV– (if you’re looking for one we can highly recommend the BulliesOut quiz on July 6th!!) Join a bookclub on Instagram, or do a fitness class over Youtube – but step out of your comfort zone ….. and then use our Social media platforms to tell us all about it! We would love to hear all your positive stories about how you are making the most of social media in 2020 – please let us know on:

https://www.facebook.com/BulliesOut/
https://twitter.com/BulliesOut
https://www.instagram.com/bulliesoutuk/
Lucy Howard, 30th June 2020

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