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Tech giants urged to hand over data on how children use the internet

Tech giants urged to hand over data on how children use the internet

Tech giants urged to hand over data on how children use the internet to help research into consequences of social media use

  • Tech giants urged to help fund studies examining consequences of social media
  • Research into internet use and mental health held back by lack of accurate data
  • If tech giants gave data on how children use apps, better research could be done

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 20:57 EDT, 13 August 2019 | Updated: 22:29 EDT, 13 August 2019

Social media firms must hand over data on how children use the internet to help vital research, scientists say.

Tech giants have also been urged to help fund studies that examine the consequences of social media use. 

Research looking at links between internet use and mental health is held back by a lack of accurate data showing which websites children use and how long they spend online.

But if the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat handed over anonymised data of how children use their apps, it would enable much more accurate and useful scientific research. 

Tech giants have also been urged to help fund studies that examine the consequences of social media use (stock image)

Research looking at links between internet use and mental health is held back by a lack of accurate data showing which websites children use and how long they spend online (stock image)

Professor Russell Viner, of the UCL Institute of Child Health, said: ‘There is a strong belief that we need to get much more detailed complete data from the social media companies themselves.

‘Social media companies hold a lot of data on our children and how they use social media. This is one of the areas we need to go next.’

Experts also urged tech firms to help fund studies.

Dr Louise Theodosiou, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ child and adolescent faculty, said: ‘It is only right that social media companies contribute to fund this important research and do more to support young people to use the internet safely.’

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