Advice and activities outlined below should be followed in line with current government advice on coronavirus. Read more

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Don’t Like? Don’t Follow.

Unfollow people you know make you feel bad

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Baby Steps Away

Take baby steps when trying to come off social media as it can be an addiction like smoking.

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Be Inspired!

Follow inspirational people and this will lead to more inspirational feeds.

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Keep A Balance

For every 30 mins of social do a 10 minute walk outside or something mindful.

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Try A Different Viewpoint

Social Media allows you to research and challenge your perspective. TV gives one view point, social media looks at a range and expose yourself to other sources.

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Mute Don’t Block

Try to mute people instead of blocking to avoid confrontation.

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Out Of Sight…

Take rests/breaks from screens/social media throughout the day. Hide your phone if you need to!

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Don’t Like Likes!

Don’t worry about likes or take value from likes.

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What’s The Real Number?

Know that some people can buy followers – follower numbers are not necessarily real.

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Have A Real Purpose

Try not to mindlessly scroll online. Try to just use social media when you’ve got something to do on it.

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Watch For Patterns

Be vigilant. If something is upsetting you, STOP! Try to learn what will distress you.

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It’s Not Easy To Take It Back

Think of the toothpaste metaphor – you can get all of the toothpaste out of the tube easily but cannot get it back in the same way – it’s hard to take stuff back once it’s out there!

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Pilot Your Phone

“Airplane mode has personally helped as I used to follow a lot of people and over half of my followers didn’t have interest in me. Now I put on airplane mode and get great sleep.”

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Post The Good Times And The Bad!

Remember you have a highlight reel as well – post the good times and the bad.

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Check Your Sources

Don’t always believe who/what you see. To keep safe, check your sources of information. This is very important during this time of coronavirus, where good quality information keeps you safe. Check out the Young Scot website for youth-friendly articles on misinformation.

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