Dr Philip Powell, Research Fellow in the Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-making (InstEAD) gave evidence to an inquiry examining the ‘impact of cyberbullying on social media on children and young people’s mental health’ convened by The Children’s Society and Young Minds.
Philip was part a panel that was made up of experts from academia, technology and online safety and children and education specialists who gave evidence to a committee chaired by Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham.
He provided expert opinion on the definitions and nature of cyberbullying; the current academic evidence supporting a directional link between increased cyberbullying and negative mental health outcomes, over and above traditional (offline) victimisation; and the role social media has in these processes.
The findings from the inquiry will be published in a report in 2018, which will contain policy recommendations on what more industry should be doing to tackle cyberbullying on social media sites and its associations with mental health.
Dr Powell was invited to give evidence following research that he and a team of Sheffield researchers found that children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives, and that this effect was worse for those who reported having been bullied.
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