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UK health secretary urges internet co's to do more to protect children' mental health online or face legislation

Author: BBC, Published on: 22 April 2018

In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt accuses them of "turning a blind eye" to their impact on children.

He gives them until the end of April to outline action on cutting underage use, preventing cyber bullying, and promoting healthy screen time...

Mr Hunt met social media companies six months ago to discuss how to improve the mental health of young people who use the technology...

He [said] the overall response had been "extremely limited" - leading him to conclude that a voluntary, joint approach would not be good enough...

He has also asked the chief medical officer to launch a review into the impact of technology on the mental health of children and young people.

Katie O'Donovan, public policy manager at Google UK, said the company had shown its commitment to protecting children by developing its resources...

Facebook said it welcomed Mr Hunt's "continued engagement on this important issue" and shared his ambition to create a safe and supportive environment for young people online.

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