Remember: everyone’s life looks better on social media. Children won’t just be comparing themselves to big-name influencers via these platforms, they’ll be comparing themselves to other kids in their class.
With influencers, it’s worth reminding children that only a few social media users make it big; unfortunately, they’re the ones most of us watch. If you think your child will understand, point out just how few Instagram stars or TikTokers actually attract a lot of followers, and how many fail to get even a small audience. Given the numbers, they really shouldn’t compare themselves with the most popular accounts in the world.
And when it comes to checking out their friends and neighbours, ask them if comparing themselves with people on social media sometimes makes them feel unhappy. If they say ‘yes’, definitely set screen time daily limits.