Impact of social media and screen use on young people’s health

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published a report looking at the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health following an inquiry launched in February 2018. The report looks at: the risks, harms and benefits of social media and screens; resources for schools and parents; and regulation and guidance. Recommendations include: the government should introduce a statutory code of practice for social media companies; a regulator should be appointed by the end of October 2019; and social media companies should be required to publish detailed transparency reports every six months. The Committee also recommends the government sets a target to halve reported online child sexual exploitation in two years and all but eliminate it in four years.

Source:  UK Parliament  Date: 31 January 2019

Further information: Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health (PDF)

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