Young People’s health-related learning through social media: what do teachers need to know?

Vicky Goodyear, Kathleen Armour

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International regulatory bodies have argued that young people should be better supported to engage safely, responsibly and effectively with social media. This paper considers ways in which the introduction of structured social media engagement in schools could bring educational benefits for young people, particularly in supporting them to deal with challenges relating to health and wellbeing. New evidence is provided on: (i) the value of social media as a health-related learning tool to bridge informal and formal learning contexts; (ii) how teachers should be supported to better understand and respond to young people’s learning needs; and (iii) the school-based policies, expectations and resources that will help teachers to offer relevant support.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103340
Number of pages11
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Early online date2 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by Wellcome Trust [grant number 201601/Z/16/Z ].

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© 2021 The Author(s)


  • Digital literacy
  • Health-related learning
  • Professional development
  • School-based policies
  • Schools
  • Social media
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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