Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into the Impact of Social Media and Screen Time on kids health – March 2018

By Internet Matters Team on

In March 2018 the Commons Science and Technology Committee opened an inquiry on Impact of Social Media and Screen Time on young people’s health.

We have responded by calling for:

  1. A more nuanced debate about screen time – as the characterization of lots of screen time as ‘bad’ or harmful is not warranted by the evidence. Of course, we would advocate a balanced approach, but we must recognise that for some children, who perhaps haven’t found their tribe at school, or who are caring for a parent or who are exploring their identity, or who are fascinated by space, dinosaurs or ponies, screen time can be a good thing.
  2. Recognition that the challenges of constant connectivity in a world of lifestyle pressures and incessant interruptions and the risk of harm that those twin challenges present means there is much for the committee to consider – balancing positives of connectivity with the challenges of living up to an impossible standard and facing constant interruptions.
  3. A solution through this has to be a bold, consistent and simple campaign to parents to get them to engage with their children’s online lives and provide that counter-balance of validation and mediation.  We hope that the Internet Safety Strategy will lead the way here – backing a clear call for industry and the charitable sector to favour of a consistent clear actionable message to parents, backed up with meaningful resources.
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