Coroner calls for review of children’s social media access

Posted: 19th October 2022

The coroner at Molly Russell’s inquest has recommended that the government considers separate social media platforms for children and adults as he called for a review of child use of online content. Molly, 14, from Harrow, north-west London, died in 2017 after viewing extensive amounts of material related to suicide and self-harm on platforms including Instagram and Pinterest. Andrew Walker issued a prevention of future deaths report recommending that the government should look at: separate sites for children and adults; checking a user’s age before they sign up to a platform; providing age-appropriate content; the use of algorithms to provide content; advertising to children; and parental or guardian access to a child’s social media account.

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