Wednesday 1st November

 

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is meeting social media giants, including Facebook and Twitter, to challenge them on cyber-bullying.

In tweets ahead of the discussions, he says some responsibility for rising rates of youth self-harm lies with social platforms.

He says the industry must be “part of the solution” regarding young people’s mental health.

Social media companies have said they do prioritise user safety.

Mr Hunt will be meeting representatives from the biggest providers of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.

  • How helpful is social media for our mental health?
  • ‘The advice I’d give to my teenage self’
  • Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem

Mr Hunt said: “Social media has become a fundamental part of our children’s lives and while the internet provides amazing opportunities we cannot ignore the negative effect disturbing images and bullying are having on their mental health.

“Now is the time to turn the tide on this abuse. I will be working closely with the top social media companies to ensure they can become the solution and not the problem.”

 

To continue reading…http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41824682