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



1 Introduction


Our inquiry

Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper

Responsibility for change

2 Research on social media and screen-use


Social media

Research design

Accessing data

Improving the evidence base

3 Risks, harms and benefits of social media and screens

Benefits of using social media

Friendships and support

Creativity and learning

Health advice

Risks of social media and screens

Risk or harm?

Physical health and activity

Screen-time guidelines?

Mental health and wellbeing




Next steps

4 Resources for schools and parents

Digital literacy and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education

Training and resources for teachers

Parental awareness and engagement

Mobile phones in schools

5 Regulation and guidance

Gaps in regulation

Responsibility for content on social media sites: the status quo

Platform or publisher?

Reporting illegal and inappropriate content

Trusted flagger programme

German Network Enforcement Law

Content moderators

Transparency reporting

Code of practice

Age verification

Age-appropriate design

A way forward—establishing a ‘duty of care’

Conclusions and recommendations

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Outreach event, Reading

Annex 2: Outreach event, Welland Park School

Annex 3: Survey Results

Annex 4: Informal meeting with the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 31 January 2019