Community Health, Youth Voices
We hear a lot about bullying, shaming, and the destructive power of online social life. But according to some Bay Area teens, there’s a trend of shunning those toxic digital dynamics in favor of positive, self-esteem promoting threads. Some even see it as a tool for young women to change sexist policies. “As a teen girl, there are all sorts of situations we can’t control— like a mean comment on Instagram, or the embarrassing experience of getting sent home for wearing the wrong outfit. When we take our story to social media, sometimes we manage to turn shame into empowerment.” Stella Lau explains how teen girls are flipping the script with social media, in a story for Youth Radio.