Wellbeing Snapshots

Social media

Children and young people may express concern about social media use, especially in relation to bullying. In 2020, almost 6 in 10 (58%) of young people aged 15 to 19 years in South Australia expressed some level of concern about social media, whereas 42% reported being not at all concerned about social media. There has been no significant change since 2018 (59%) when Mission Australia’s annual survey first included questions about young people’s concerns about social media.

In 2020, 14% of 15 to 19 year-olds in South Australia reported feeling extremely or very concerned about social media.

Body image

In 2019, teenagers in South Australia report body image as one of their top four personal concerns along with coping with concerns about stress, school or study problems and mental health, with 77% of 15 to 19 year olds reporting that they felt concerned about body image. The 2019 proportion represented a slight decrease from 81% in 2014.

In 2019, almost 29% of 15 to 19 year olds (three in every 10) reported feeling extremely or very concerned about body image while 23% reported not being at all concerned about body image.

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  • Caring and supportive adults at school
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