Children and Young People: Social Media

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of social media on vulnerable children and young people.

Photo of Matt Warman Matt Warman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

On 7 February this year, the UK Chief Medical Officers published their independent systematic evidence review on the impact of social media use on children and young people’s mental health, and recommended next steps and advice for parents and carers. As outlined in the Online Harms White Paper, the government will continue to support research in this area and ensure high quality advice is available to families.

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