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Social Media and Young People
In a world dominated by digital connectivity, the role of social media in the lives of young people has become a topic of intense debate. Concerns about its impact on mental health, privacy, and overall well-being have sparked discussions worldwide. We want to hear from you: should social media access be restricted for individuals under the age of 16?
The rise of social media has undoubtedly revolutionised how we communicate, share information, and connect with others. However, its potential unchecked influence on impressionable minds has raised significant alarms. Studies have been undertaken that aim to link excessive social media use among adolescents to increased rates of anxiety and depression. Moreover, concerns about the exploitation of personal data and the impact of cyberbullying have further fuelled calls for action.
Late last year it was reported that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was contemplating either a ban or restriction on social media use for under-16s. Since then, advocates for both sides of the debate have weighed in.
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Advocates for restricting social media access for under-16s argue that such measures are necessary to safeguard the mental and emotional well-being of young users. Research by independent health and social care provider Priory Group highlighted that 92% of parents think that social media and the internet are having a negative impact on the mental health of young people.
By implementing age-appropriate regulations, advocates believe the negative effects of social media can be mitigated to create a safer online environment for children and teenagers. Further research from the priory group suggests that over two-thirds of parents with children aged 10-18 believe that the Government should implement legislation establishing a suitable age for young people to use smartphones.
On the other hand, opponents of a blanket ban assert that it would infringe upon freedom of expression and stifle technological innovation of young people. It is argued that education and parental guidance, rather than outright prohibition, are the keys to promoting responsible digital citizenship among young people. Additionally, some contend that banning social media for minors could drive them to seek alternative, potentially more dangerous online platforms, and that it would be difficult to prevent young people from accessing social media platforms at all.
What do you think? Take our poll below and have your say. It’s open to all individuals; let your voice be heard and contribute to this vital conversation on the role of social media in the lives of young people.
Should social media be banned or restricted for under-16’s?
- Yes - social media should be completely banned for under-16’s. (13%, 45 Votes)
- Yes - there should be strict restrictions on social media usage for under-16’s. (22%, 77 Votes)
- No - social media should not be banned, but there should be age-appropriate regulations. (29%, 101 Votes)
- No - social media should remain accessible to under-16’s without additional restrictions. (26%, 92 Votes)
- Other (10%, 34 Votes)
Total Voters: 349