Social Media

A report from the Children's Commissioner for England has called on internet firms and toy companies to be more transparent in what data they are collecting from children.It says manufacturers of internet-connected toys and online services aimed at younger users should clearly state on packaging or elsewhere if their products…
Social media use has contributed to a rise in self-harm among teenage girls, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested.The Cabinet minister also accused digital platforms of doing "absolutely nothing" to enforce minimum age rules.Asked about the causes of an increase in mental health problems among children and young people, Mr…
Facebook has announced new tools it says will help users combat bullying and harassment on the social media site. The tools will allow users to hide or delete multiple comments from posts at once, and the site is testing a feature that would block offensive words from appearing in comments.…
Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental health, Matt Hancock has revealed. The Health and Social Care Secretary said he was "very worried" as a father by the growing evidence of the detrimental effect on…
The way social media impacts young people's mental health needs to be better understood, according to new research by the Centre for Mental Health. The charity has published a briefing paper which says there is evidence to show both positive and negative effects on mental health by using social media,…
Social media giants should give free adverts to mental health services because local providers are failing to reach young people, according to a report. Some 134,000 young people looked for mental health support online from friends, peers or professionals in the last year, a study by the Royal Society for…
A "Snapchat queen" who posted a video of her boyfriend dying in a pool of blood has been found guilty of orchestrating his killing. Fatima Khan (pictured), 20, plotted with a love rival to kill Afghan asylum seeker Khalid Safi, 18, who she had been seeing for two years. Mr…
Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 - a 14% rise on the previous year. Teenagers accounted for most of these,…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has refuted accusations her department routinely scans social media pages to deny benefit claims. Labour MP Anna Turley made the claim in the Commons - suggesting the Department for Work and Pensions look for "evidence of spending patterns" in order to reject benefits. The…
Children and young people are being encouraged to spend longer online by "persuasive design" which should be considered a public health issue, a new report claims. The tactic, which encourages the extended use of apps and websites, is used to collect children's data for commercial gain, but it has an…
A gifted student who stabbed an autistic teenager to death over a "pathetic" row on social media has been jailed for 21 years. Paul Akinnuoye, 20, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, traded gay insults with 19-year-old Jordan Wright in a WhatsApp group called "Ice city boyz". The defendant called Mr…
A Labour MP who has been the victim of vicious abuse by trolls on social media has called for them to lose their anonymity online. Jess Phillips said Parliament needs to act against the anonymous trolls who abuse her on a daily basis. The Birmingham Yardley MP said she wanted…
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