Science and Tech Committee encouraged by Government response to social media report


The Science and Technology Committee has published the Government Response to its Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health Report.

Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:

“I welcome today’s response to our Report into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. The recent Online Harms Government White Paper made significant announcements, endorsing key recommendations from the Report and we are encouraged by the Government’s willingness to tackle this issue.

It is vital that progress is made to legislate and to prepare an effective statutory code of practice. Social media companies have a duty of care for children and young people using their sites and we are pleased to see that the Government has decided to make this a central focus moving forward.

We will continue to watch and wait. In the next year my Committee may choose to hold another evidence session on the issues covered in our Report to check that the Government’s actions meet its ambitions.”

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More information can be found on the Science and Technology Committee's website. The Government's response can be viewed here.


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