Love Island 2023: Maya Jama offers urges new contestants to ‘take some time away’ from social media

Maya Jama offers advice to the new Love Island contestants as she urges them to ‘take some time away’ from social media… after rule change require accounts to remain dormant during the show

  • The dating show revealed that they have updated their duty of care policy and enforced a new social media ban while contestants are inside the villa
  • Love Island’s winter series kicks off on January 16 on ITV2 

She’s set to take on her first season of Love Island as the new host in the coming weeks.

And Maya Jama is already offering some advice to the upcoming contestants as she urges them to ‘take some time away’ from social media when dealing with the newfound fame. 

The presenter, 28, explained that they can ‘utilise it for the best bits’ to avoid negativity online, as she gave her own tips and tricks.

It comes after the ITV2 dating show revealed that they have updated their duty of care policy and enforced a new social media ban while contestants are inside the villa.

New host: Maya Jama offered advice to the new Love Island contestants on Friday as she urges them to 'take some time away' from social media

New host: Maya Jama offered advice to the new Love Island contestants on Friday as she urges them to ‘take some time away’ from social media

Appearing on Friday’s This Morning, Maya chatted to hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on the upcoming series.

And the presenting duo were keen to know what advice she had in terms of being online in the public eye.

She explained: ‘If you are already a social media user, use it for fun, if you don’t want the extra stuff, take some time away. Mute people you don’t want to see.

‘I have it so I can only see my close friends on Instagram, so I live in this happy bubble. If you can utilize it for the best bits that a good combo.’

Tips: The presenter explained that they can 'utilise it for the best bits' to avoid negativity online, as she gave her own tips and tricks

Tips: The presenter explained that they can ‘utilise it for the best bits’ to avoid negativity online, as she gave her own tips and tricks

Talk show: Appearing on Friday's This Morning, Maya chatted to hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary on the upcoming show

Talk show: Appearing on Friday’s This Morning, Maya chatted to hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on the upcoming show

The new Love Island rules mean that ITV2 will ban Islanders’ social media activity during the show and will give enhanced training around behaviour in relationships after a controversial summer series. 

In previous seasons, families and friends have been appointed to man islanders’ social media accounts – often posting on their behalf.

But now ITV have said a comprehensive package of welfare measures remain in place for programme contributors to ensure stars are fully supported before, during and after the filming period.

As part of extended measures to protect both the Islanders and their families from ‘the adverse effects of social media’, participants will be asked to pause handles and accounts on their social media platforms for the duration of their time on the show.

Stylish: Maya looked stunnin for the appearance, donning a chocolate brown dress with a strapless bust and button-down centre

Stylish: Maya looked stunnin for the appearance, donning a chocolate brown dress with a strapless bust and button-down centre

Stylish: Maya looked stunnin for the appearance, donning a chocolate brown dress with a strapless bust and button-down centre

Height boost: She teamed the midi dress with a pair of heeled cream sock boots

Height boost: She teamed the midi dress with a pair of heeled cream sock boots

Have fun: She explained: 'If you are already a social media user, use it for fun, if you don't want the extra stuff, take some time away. Mute people you don't want to see'

Have fun: She explained: ‘If you are already a social media user, use it for fun, if you don’t want the extra stuff, take some time away. Mute people you don’t want to see’

Presents! She also brought in a gift for the presenters, giving them personalised Love Island robes and suitcases so they could get into the spirit of the show

Presents! She also brought in a gift for the presenters, giving them personalised Love Island robes and suitcases so they could get into the spirit of the show

According to The Sun, Love Island have also spent thousands of pounds putting 150 islanders through extremely strict medical tests, including ones who may not even make it into the series.

The medical insider allegedlyrevealed to the publication: ‘We test hundreds of potential Love Islanders – around 150 in total – who’ll come in for their health tests before the show.

‘They don’t all make it onto the show so it’s odd that they all get sent for the testing. I don’t necessarily think they don’t make it on for medical reasons.’

Over the moon: The duo were delighted with their gifts as they chanelled their inner islanders

Over the moon: The duo were delighted with their gifts as they chanelled their inner islanders

Beauty: Maya had her raven tresses flowing in a stunning curl as she took to the This Morning couch

Beauty: Maya had her raven tresses flowing in a stunning curl as she took to the This Morning couch

Tests and new rules aren’t the only shake up this year, as Maya is taking over the hosting role from previous presenter Laura Whitmore. 

Chatting with Alison and Dermot, the presenter explained her own excitement for the new venture as she admitted to having many ‘pinch me moments’.

‘You just work loads and then one day you wake up and are like “oh my god I’m doing the things I always wanted to do”, I’ve had a lot of pinch me moments this year,’ she said.

She also brought in a gift for the presenters, giving them personalised Love Island robes and suitcases so they could get into the spirit of the show. 

Switching it up: The new Love Island rules mean that ITV2 will ban Islanders' social media activity during the show and will give enhanced training around behaviour in relationships after a controversial summer series

Switching it up: The new Love Island rules mean that ITV2 will ban Islanders’ social media activity during the show and will give enhanced training around behaviour in relationships after a controversial summer series

Switch up: Maya is taking over the hosting role from previous presenter Laura Whitmore (pictured), who stepped down in 2022

Switch up: Maya is taking over the hosting role from previous presenter Laura Whitmore (pictured), who stepped down in 2022

Prep: And she has been sharing an insight into her beauty prep before heading to South Africa, with regular facials from London skin clinic Shane Cooper UK

Skincare: The host has been getting her glam on before she takes the massive role

Prep: And she has been sharing an insight into her beauty prep before heading to South Africa, with regular facials from London skin clinic Shane Cooper UK

The beauty has been doing her own prep before heading to the South African villa too as she has been sharing her beauty regime to Instagram, which includes regular treatments at body and skincare clinic Shane Cooper UK.

With just over a week to go until the launch, Maya enjoyed some pamper time earlier this week as she shared an insight into the treatment with her Instagram followers.

She’s not the only one to be a new addition to the brand, with last year’s contestant Indiyah Polack and Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson set to host the new Love Island podcast and join Maya on the Aftersun panel each week. 

When the winter series kicks off on January 16, Indiyah and Sam will be giving their unfiltered thoughts on the latest couplings, dumpings and bombshell antics.

Indiyah and Sam will interview past Islanders from all across the show’s nine series on the popular podcast, Love Island: The Morning After, which is produced by Listen.   

Unveiled: The pair revealed their exciting new jobs in a promotional video shared to both of their Instagram accounts

Goals: Sam said he was ticking it off his bucket list

Unveiled: The pair revealed their exciting new jobs in a promotional video shared to both of their Instagram accounts, with Sam saying he was ticking it off his bucket list

It's back! Love Island begins January 16 on ITV2

It’s back! Love Island begins January 16 on ITV2

Love Island duty of care protocols in full – ahead of 2023 series

The full duty of care process is outlined below:

Pre Filming and Filming

– Registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.

– Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and reports from each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.

– Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose in confidence any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the Villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.

– Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.

– Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.

– Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.

– A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.

Aftercare

– Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.

– A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home.

– Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.

– We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.

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