Research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious.
Forty per cent said they felt bad if nobody liked their selfies and 35% said their confidence was directly linked to the number of followers they had.
Instagram was highlighted as having become the vehicle most used for mean comments.
Seven per cent of young social network users said they had been bullied on the Facebook-owned photo app.
That compared to a figure of 6% for Facebook itself, 5% for Snapchat and 2% for Twitter and YouTube.
One expert said children were growing up in “a culture of antagonism”.
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