30 June 2017
Commenting on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report Social media and children’s mental health: a review of the evidence, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“Social media is not going away and the way young people use it is changing all the time. It can be a great way to communicate but it also opens up different risks to young people.
‘This report concludes that industry, schools and families must all rise to the challenge and we agree. What will jump out to parents is the link between excessive social media use and a greater chance of mental health issues.
‘Looking at ways to make children resilient, we need industry to behave responsibly, but we also must empower parents about the best ways to safeguard and support their children online. Developing new ways to develop resilience in young people will increase the odds that young people make safe choices. Schools can take this on - given the right policy framework, a flexible curriculum and access to evidence about what makes a difference”.