Data from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) showed a 77% increase in the amount of “self-generated” indecent imagery from 2019 to 2020.
The inquiry aimed to understand how this content is generated, the current initiatives in place to prevent its circulation and explore what the impact is of the new Relationships, Health and Education curriculum could be in developing children’s understanding of healthy relationships.
We wanted to hear from stakeholders across the child protection landscape, law enforcement, teachers, parents, guardians, tech companies, academia and children themselves about the extent of this challenge.
The APPG on Social Media received written evidence from:
On 22 March 2021 the APPG heard evidence from a panel of academic experts:
They made some insightful recommendations, including the need to ensure that reporting services are at least as good for under 18s as they are for over 18s.
On 26 April 2021 the APPG heard evidence from internet safety and child protection charities:
On 19 May 2021 the APPG heard evidence from experts in law enforcement and the threat assessment:
On 24 June 2021 the APPG heard evidence from industry representatives:
Between April 2018 and January 2019 the APPG conducted an inquiry into the impact of social media on the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
The report put forward a number of policy recommendations including the following: