The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has launched new guidance to help the public develop a healthier, more balanced and meaningful relationship with social media.

In 2018, the RSPH launched its first Scroll Free September campaign which urged the public to take a month’s break from all personal social media accounts for 30 days, or however long they could manage! The campaign was successfully repeated again in 2019, with an estimated 300,000 people taking part internationally and significant coverage from the world’s press. The aim of the campaign was to encourage people to have a healthier and more meaningful relationship with social media.

Now, building on the campaign and its research on social media, the RSPH has developed a free online guide in the form of an e-learning course entitled Looking After Your Self-ie: A Guide to Finding Your Balance On and Offline.

The guide aims to help social media users to build a meaningful, more balanced relationship with social media platforms. The programme focusses on awareness-raising, encouraging meaningful use by educating users on the potential harms and benefits of social media.

Looking After Your Self-ie explores social media’s impact on the following topics:

  • loneliness and relationships

  • self-image and self-esteem

  • sleep

  • online bullying.

The guide is said to be relevant to members of the public of all ages.

Last reviewed 10 December 2019