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Should Children Under 16 Be Banned From Social Media?

A recent survey found that 70 per cent of teens have had a negative experience online, one in three have been exposed to disturbing or traumatic content, and one in four have been cyber-bullied or sexually harassed on social media.

Experts warn it’s exacerbating the youth mental health crisis, with spikes in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and even suicide in Australian teens. It’s also having a negative effect on how kids’ brains develop.

HIT Network’s The Jimmy & Nath Show weigh in on the discussion, speaking about their experiences with social media. Recognising the benefits of social media in connecting people and sharing information, while acknowledging that it isn’t without major pit falls. Calling for education and accountability for parents and children alike.

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The Prime Minister has acknowledged the issue after announcing a $6.5 million age verification trial for social media in the budget.

South Australia is doing something – proposing children under 14 be banned from certain platforms. But advocates want more, urging the federal government to immediately raise the age kids can join social media age from 13 to 16.

If you, or anyone you know needs help, there are many resources available:

1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
If you are in need of immediate assistance, call Triple Zero (000)