As with any new technology of such significance in peoples lives, there has been a great deal of public and political concern about the effects of social media use on children and young peoplesphysical and mental health and safety. Evidence about the role social media plays in relation to ourmental health is still emerging. And whilst more has been said and written about the potential riskand dangers, evidence has come to light on both the physical and negative impacts that may beassociated with social media use. The aim of this course is to provide you with the right knowledge and information to be able to helpyourself and other professionals to: Understand what is social media and what it is used forThe negative risks and benefits of social mediaThe potential effects on young peoples mindset and confidenceHow to identify and manage the risksUnderstand how to be a good role model. By the end of this course, you will be able to take the right steps in managing safe media use amongchildren and young people. Whilst gaining the benefits of social media with less risk. It is highly important for all childcare practitioners to be informed of the impact that social media has on children.