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Barnardo's gives evidence at Science and Technology Committee

Release Date: 03 Jul 2018

Barnardo’s gave evidence at today's Science and Technology Committee in Westminster to discuss the Impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health.

The select committee was attended by Assistant Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Emily Cherry.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

At the moment a child spends on average almost five-and-half hours per day on social media, which is almost as long as they spend at school.

It’s vital the Government leads on tackling this issue because research shows there is a connection between time spent on social media and mental health problems.

We have a ‘five a day’ fruit and vegetable campaign to benefit people’s health and it’s now time for guidance to be produced about how much screen time is healthy – and how much is too much.

The guidance must look at development and age stages, so parents and carers have a clear understanding of when to tell their children their time online is up.

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