"Left to Their Own Devices: Young People, Social Media and Mental Health" Barnardo's Report June 2019

Barnardo’s has released a research report into young people’s use of social media, with a specific focus on the effect of using social media platforms on mental health. The authors explored the views of children and young people, parents/guardians/carers and frontline Barnardo’s practitioners.

The report found that:

  • 78% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 had accessed unsuitable or harmful content through social media

  • 84% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 were able to use social media to access advice and help for mental wellbeing

  • Children and young people want guidance on social media to focus on the stories of children and young people who have first-hand experience of social media.