Change social media laws to state when content is filtered or edited

Change social media laws to state when content is filtered or edited

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Suzanne Samaka started this petition to Nadine Dorries (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport)

Young people’s self esteem is getting damaged by the ever growing content that they see on social media that is filtered and edited. The stats don’t lie and in the UK, 9 out of every 10 girls with low body esteem put their health at risk by not seeing a doctor or by skipping meals. A survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health asked 14-24 year olds in the UK how social media platforms impacted their health and wellbeing. The survey results found that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were all linked to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness. More than two thirds (68%) of young people surveyed support social media highlighting when a photo has been manipulated. I have personally seen the lasting effects that eating disorders, anxiety, depression and loneliness can have on the lives of young people today. Prevention is better than a cure and I fear that society will not have the resources available to support the growing numbers of young people who are affected.

One solution to this could be to amend the laws for social media platforms, that if content is filtered or edited then this has to be stated with a hashtag on the post. Similarly to when a celebrity is being paid to endorse an item they have to include #ad on their post. Do I believe social media is the problem for the challenges in youth mental health? No. Does it exacerbate the problem? Absolutely.  This solution could help our young people and next generation understand that these posts aren’t real and are unachievable goals for them to aspire to, helping them realise that their true self is more important as well as their mental and physical health.

The link to the details of the survey completed by the Royal Society for Public Health is available here https://www.rsph.org.uk/static/uploaded/d125b27c-0b62-41c5-a2c0155a8887cd01.pdf 

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