Social media sites failing to protect us, children warn

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4 out of 5 children feel that social media companies aren’t doing enough to protect them online, according to research from the NSPCC.
The survey carried out by interviewing 1,696 children and young people, 1,380 said social media sites needed to do more to protect them from inappropriate or harmful content.

When asked about what they were coming across on social media sites, children reported seeing,pornography, self-harm and bullying and hatred.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive said: 

“Our research clearly shows that children do not feel that they are shielded from upsetting, dangerous, and adult content.

“It’s vital parents know about their child’s online world and regularly talk with their children about how to get help if they need it.

“We all know that the internet develops at breakneck speed and it can feel nearly impossible to keep up with all of the constantly changing sites, games, and apps that young people use. Net Aware does all the work for parents by updating them with information, risks, and issues on sites their children are using.”