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Impact of social media on young people's health examined

3 July 2018

The Science and Technology Committee holds two sessions on its Impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health inquiry.

Tuesday 3 July 2018, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

In this session the first panel will consider issues around young people's access of inappropriate content on social media with the focus on sexually explicit content. The panel will contain the British Board of Film Classification, the new age-verification regulator of pornographic websites, Internet Watch Foundation and Barnardo's.

In the second panel we will look at the link between social media and health.


At 9.30 am

  • Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation
  • David Austin OBE, CEO, British Board of Film Classification
  • Emily Cherry, Assistant Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Barnardo's

At 10.30 am

  • Anna Clark, Cardinus Risk Management
  • Dr Vicky Goodyear, Lecturer in Pedagogy in Sport, Physical Activity and Health, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Heather Woods, Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Max Davie, Officer for Health Promotion and Mental Health Lead, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Professor Peter Fonagy, National Clinical Adviser on children and young people's mental health, NHS England

Wednesday 4 July 2018, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

In this session we hear directly from young people as we try to understand how teenagers and children use social media and the way in which they view its risks and benefits.

These young people, nominated by various charities, will provide their personal experience of what it is like growing up in a digital world.


At 2.40pm

  • Becca, Member of Youth Select Committee 2017
  • Sienna, nominated by the National Children's Bureau
  • Bethan, nominated by the National Children's Bureau
  • Orlaith, nominated by Barnardo's
  • Jack, nominated by Kidscape

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