Image and identity construction through social media

Like we have seen before, puberty and the first years into early adulthood can be challenging. Besides dealing with all the overwhelming changes their bodies, minds and brain are going through, youngsters are trying to find out who they are and what is their place in the world. Difficult as it already might be, the use and importance young people give to social media can make it even harder and have a deep impact on their identity construction and sense of self. It is crucial they learn how to separate their virtual self from their real self and that they are aware that social media content does not reflect reality as it is. It is also important they know how they want to present themselves online, what identity to they want to portray and bear in mind they are exposing themselves to the world.

Watch the following videos:

Puberty and Finding Out Who You Are, by AMAZE Org

Social Media and Self-Image, by AMAZE Org

For more information on this topic, read the article below:

GÜNDÜZ, Uğur. The Effect of Social Media on Identity Construction. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 5, p. 85, sep. 2017. ISSN 2039-2117. Available at: <>

Teaching emotions and respect for the body

Here you can find some activities suggestions to approach the topic with your students. Remember, this can be a delicate topic. Here are some tips:

  • Be mindful of the words you choose to use;
  • Try to be understanding and non-judgemental;
  • If you notice some discomfort among any of the students, consider doing a different activity;
  • Images, videos, songs, and Google (in general) can be helpful tools for the activities.