Life on the Web

Today's teens are the first people in history to grow up with the internet. We're raising awareness of online issues affecting young people's mental health.

Why we’re campaigning

81% of teenagers use social media. It's a way of life, but going through adolescence online is something most adults never experienced.

We want to help children and young people enjoy the mental health benefits being online can have, and tackle problems like cyberbullying and online privacy that can threaten mental health and wellbeing.

So we're asking you to tell us about your life on the web, from selfies and Snapchat to body image and FOMO using the hashtag #LifeOnTheWeb.

The YoungMinds Activists behind this #LifeOnTheWeb campaign are the proud winners of the 2016  Liberty Human Rights Christine Jackson Young People’s Award.

Did you know?

  • Children and young people spend an average of 12 hours a week online.
  • 1 in 3 11-16 year olds have been targeted, threatened or humiliated online.
  • Not all young people who are vulnerable online appear so in other aspects of their lives, suggesting that online risks can show up in unexpected ways.
  • A quarter of UK children in a 2014 survey reported skipping meals or sleep because of the internet.

Our solution

We want children to have more support in building digital resilience, so the online world doesn't damage their mental health.

  • Life on the Web helps us understand young people's experiences by listening to your stories, while giving you a chance to recognise that you’re not alone.
  • Resilience for the Digital World is a report we produced with research company Ecorys, calling for more focus on building young people's digital resilience.
  • Conferences and training help us raise awareness and get adults better educated about the pressures young people face on the internet.
Our research shows that children and young people understand the online world a lot better than most adults, they are active creators of content, and are discerning when it comes to navigating social media. They’re more likely to listen to other young people, including older siblings, than adults warning them about the dangers of the online world.
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds

How to get involved

You can show your support by joining the conversation and tell us how you use the Internet to look after your wellbeing using hashtag #LifeOnTheWeb

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