31 January 2019
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee says social media companies must be subject to a legal duty of care to protect the health and wellbeing of young people who access their services.
BPS evidence is quoted in the report, Impact of Social Media and Screen-Use on Young People’s Health, which is published today. The report highlights the benefits of social media, while also revealing the potential risks children face. It makes recommendations to protect young people online, including giving companies a legal duty to review and, where necessary, take action on content reported to them as potentially illegal in the UK.
In its evidence to this inquiry, the BPS emphasised the importance of teaching young people digital literacy and pointed out that there is no central resource parents and professionals can turn to for impartial advice.
Both these points are cited in the report, and Amy Orben from the University of Oxford gave evidence to the committee in person on behalf of the Society.