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Social media fuelling wave of activism, report claims

By Joe Tidy, news correspondent
For the last few weeks, Sky News has been exploring the big issues around social media to coincide with the Royal Society for Public Health's Scroll Free September campaign.
But as thousands prepare to log back on to the big five apps - Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube - there are positive sides to the platforms.New research shows that young people are not only using the apps to campaign on the issues that matter to them, they also believe that social media is vital for bringing about change.From #metoo to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, there are no shortage of examples of movements online that have made real positive change in the real world.:: Call for study into how social media addiction affects older generations
Social media fuelling wave of activism, report claims

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Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield talks to Sky News about how children can have greater resilience to social media.
Think tank Demos polled 2,000 people aged 16 to 25 - including young campaigners - for its latest report and discovered just how important social media is seen.They found::: Nearly two-thirds of young people (64%) see social media platforms as an essential part of achieving social change.:: More than half of 35 to 50-year-olds agree (55%).:: Overall, approximately half (55%) of young people in the UK believe social media makes positive offline changes more likely to happen.
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