What Parents and Carers Need to Know about Influencers

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Brendan O'Keeffe Passionate educator, teacher and lecturer

This free online safety guide looks at influencers and the ways that some of their content can affect young people’s self-esteem, attitudes towards material wealth and general view of the world.

A free online safety guide on influencers.

The concept of influencers is hardly a new one. Through newspaper columns and TV spots, we’ve long been accustomed to hearing informed opinion from, say, Martin Lewis on money, Nigella Lawson on food or Mark Kermode on cinema. How the digital revolution has changed the game, however, is by providing a plethora of platforms from which literally anyone can have their say.

Online, you’ll find hordes of people holding forth on any number of topics: gaming, beauty, travel, fashion, fitness … virtually anything you can think of. What qualifies them as ‘experts’, however? Is it safe for young people to consume the oceans of content that they generate? Our #WakeUpWednesday guide brings you the essential info on the influencer phenomenon.