There’s never been a better time to think about social media’s impact on our mental well-being. In 2017, the smartphone turned 10 years old; that means that gradually science is catching up, and new research is emerging about its world-changing impact. Having a computer in the palm of our hands has given us access to each other’s lives – and an insight into our own lives – that was totally unprecedented before the internet. Many people may no longer even remember a time before social media. But is it making us any happier?’

 Some of you may have reflected on your amount of ‘screen time’ when considering new year’s resolutions. The following articles have been shared with pupils and staff at Wellington as we continue to discuss and amend our use of mobile phones in and around College. The V&A is mobile free from 7a.m. – 6p.m. (parents please note and follow suit) and the positive impact it has had on the atmosphere in the venue is significant.

 http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180105-likeminded-a-new-series-on-social-media-and-mental-health

 http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180104-is-social-media-bad-for-you-the-evidence-and-the-unknowns

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Wishing you all the very best for 2018.

Neill Lunnon

Deputy Head Pastoral