What Parents Need to Know About Sadfishing

Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Sadfishing‘ below.

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What is Sadfishing?

‘Sadfishing’ is described as a behavioural trend where people make exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy and attention. The term was created at the beginning of the year by a blogger using the term to describe certain celebrities who embellish their emotional difficulties to generate sympathy and gain more followers. The term has now gained traction and is seen as a growing trend on social media. The challenge with sadfishing is that sometimes real problems can become overlooked or young people can even be bullied for having shared their problems online.

In this guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as oversharing, cyberbullying and online grooming.

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