Creators For Change – Some of the “Influencers” that Teens Should Follow on Social Media
- Nowadays, Social Media can be used to educate young people. While talking to and advising your kids and teens daily is considered ideal, social media can do the same much more effectively and is also able to reach a broader audience at the same time.
- “Influencers” create content such as online videos in order to be able to express their opinions and give some relevant information on various subjects: politics, human rights, gaming, beauty, etc. In the process, they attract millions of views and climb to the top of search engines.
- Social media also gives teens skills to become more confident and independent. Engaging in social networking sites it is like exploring a new place where different skills are needed for teens. Young people learn to build up their character to be more confident and independent in order to be heard or have a positive online presence.
- Social media has enabled more young people to be creative and innovative. Since social media sites mostly depend on active participation and sharing of different content, makes it so that young people come up with new content when sharing information.
Zoella is possibly the most well-known YouTuber in the UK. She has used her platform to talk openly about her battles with anxiety and highlight the importance of mental health to her viewers.
Her videos range from make-up tutorials, ‘Day in the Life’ videos where she lets viewers into her everyday life and collaboration videos with other popular YouTubers.
2. Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh, is a Canadian YouTuber, comedian, television host and actress of Indian descent, widely known as IISuperwomanII on her YouTube channel. In 2017, she was ranked tenth on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid YouTube stars, earning a reported $10.5 million.
In March 2017, she released her first book, How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, which became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.
Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to break the cycle of girl-on-girl hate and encourage women to build each other up.
3. Dina Tokio
Dina is a current Muslim role model and influencer. Recently, she posted a statement on her social media channels addressing her recent decision to stop wearing her hijab full time and occasionally show her hair. She stated, “sometimes I feel more comfortable covering my hair and other days I am more comfortable showing it.”
4. Mona Haydar
Mona Haydar is an American rapper, poet, activist, and chaplain. Her EP is Barbarian, and she is best known for her viral song “Hijabi,” a protest song.
5. Daniel Howell
Daniel uses his channel to talk about his battles with depression. His videos have millions of views and many of his viewers credit him with making them feel better about their own struggles with confidence and self-esteem.
6. Tyler Oakley
Tyler Oakley mainly uses his videos to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and frequently collaborates with other YouTubers to shed light on less spoken about topics regarding sexuality.
He is one of the most active vloggers on YouTube. Moreover, a lot of his videos show him reacting to music videos and viral videos.
7. Em Ford
After developing adult acne, in March 2015, Em began to share images of herself both with and without makeup on social media. Her makeup tutorials went viral, and on July 2015, she posted a video on her YouTube Channel called ‘You Look Disgusting’ detailing some of the comments she had received about her appearance.
8. Nadia Murad
Nadia Murad Basee Taha is an Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist who lives in Germany. In 2014, she was kidnapped from her hometown Kocho and held by the Islamic State for three months.
Murad is the founder of Nadia’s Initiative, an organization dedicated to “helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities”.
In 2018, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. She is the first Iraqi and Yazidi to be awarded a Nobel Prize.
8. Prince Ea
PRINCE EA – Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince EA, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St Louis, Missouri. My goal for this channel is to make people laugh, cry, think, and love with the ultimate goal to evolve.
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