Social Media

Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people, a report has suggested. The #StatusofMind survey found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people's body image, sleep and fear of missing out. However, the survey of 1,479 youngsters aged 14…
Social media sites should face fines if they fail to protect children and young people from adult and harmful content, the head of the NSPCC has said. Peter Wanless called on the next government to place sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Askfm under "robust scrutiny" from a new watchdog…
Children and young people feel social media sites are failing to shield them from pornography, self-harm and bullying content, the NSPCC has warned. Four in five youngsters told the charity they felt sites are not doing enough to protect them from inappropriate and harmful imagery and messages, with Facebook and…
A new wave of drug fuelled student super-parties held in houses could lead to a "perfect storm" of mass casualties, it has been warned. Organised through social media and often unofficially sponsored by drinks companies, the new phenomenon is posing huge risks to the students involved. With bouncers on the…
Facebook has started using a new artificial intelligence (AI) system to identify users showing warning signs of suicide. The AI has been trained to spot status updates and subsequent comments that could indicate someone was at risk. The algorithm would immediately send a report to a real reviewer, who could…
Skills for Health has launched a comprehensive social media toolkit for the UK healthcare sector, providing healthcare organisations and professionals with sector-specific insight, advice and best practice on using social media effectively. The free toolkit, created with support from Public Health Wales, key industry experts and employers, has been written…
Researchers have been awarded a £250,000 grant to help the Government monitor Brexit-related hate crime on social media. A team at Cardiff University is to develop a monitoring tool that displays a live feed of the spread of hate speech on Twitter. The researchers will use Brexit as a demonstrator…
Social media is helping fuel a nation of "deeply unhappy" children, a charity has warned, as it published new figures showing a rise in self-harm. Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) found 18,778 children aged 11…
Page 1 of 4