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All party parliamentary group: social media and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

For a growing number of people of all ages, spending hours on social media is now a completely normal part of their daily routine. Particularly for young people, the use of social media is an integral part of their lives. Even though there has been a steep rise in the use of social media, there has been a lack of legislative response to regulate social media platforms, given the huge influence they have on everyday life, especially for young people.

This report examines the impact of social media on the mental health and wellbeing of young people. It explores the positive and negative health impacts of social media, as well as putting forward recommendations to protect young social media users from potential health harms.

The report recommends that the Government should introduce a statutory duty of care for social media companies in the form of a statutory code of conduct for all relevant service providers, which includes the definition of key harms for the independent regulator to focus on. That the Government resources Ofcom to assume responsibility for regulatory duties and that the statutory code of conduct is upheld by all social media platforms with registered UK users aged 24 years and under, regardless of size, newness or the number of users.

Click here to read the report.

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