(Role) models online

Workshop (Online)

Tuesday, 6th of February 2024
9:00 - 12:00

Target Group(s)


The internet is firmly anchored in the lives of most young people. Self-presentation and orientation are increasingly taking place via social networks such as Instagram, YouTube or TikTok. While stars from film and television used to act as idols for adolescents, influencers are increasingly providing identity models for young people these days. It is not uncommon for social media stars to convey antiquated role models and stereotypical portrayals or use the mostly limited ability of adolescents to reflect in order to promote products. By presenting a supposedly perfect life and displaying a one-sided body ideal, influencers have an impact on self-esteem. Young people often reproduce the stereotypical gender roles they have learned and measure themselves against ideals that are almost impossible to achieve.

For this reason, educators and parents must support young people in consciously questioning the self-portrayal of influencers online. To do this, they need the relevant background knowledge. The workshop deals with the mechanisms of action of social networks and influencers as well as the possible effects of the life plans presented in the media on adolescents. It will also provide practical methods, tips and recommendations for preventative work, discussion topics and communication at home.

Further information: https://www.servicestelle-jugendschutz.de/category/aktuell/