“…the whole point about the arts is that they are about selfhood and they actually make us powerful. If you develop your voice, learn to draw, learn to make things, feel that you can construct the future, that you have a hand in the world, and that you could contribute to that world, that makes you powerful.”

Bob and Roberta Smith, National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) website

 According to the Cultural Learning Alliance ‘Imagine Nation’ report, giving children and young people access to arts learning and experiences also:

  • Increases cognitive abilities and attainment across the curriculum
  • Develops confidence, self-esteem
  • Feeds your health and wellbeing (people of all ages who take part in the arts in some way are 38% more likely to report good health)

Emotional Wellbeing and Social Media

Social media is a big part of everyday life, every parent / carer wants to help their child navigate social media safely and positively. You might feel that young people know a lot more about the various platforms than you do.
So how do we work with our children to support healthy use of social media? Here’s a resource guide to help you, it has drawn from recommendations with parents like yourself, and young people alongside other research.
Zero Likes is a film, based on research with teenagers and parents in Somerset explores the impact on our young people, as well as the skills and tools they felt they needed to protect themselves. Social media can be lots of fun, informative and engaging and this film signposts to resources that can help us to navigate social media safely and positively.
One study of more than 6,000 children aged 12 to 15 found those who used social media more heavily were more likely to report issues such as depression, anxiety and loneliness, as well as aggression and anti-social behaviour, than teenagers who did not use social media.
Don’t forget that social media can be lots of fun, informative and engaging.