Technology giants are asked to share data on how children use the Internet to help research

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Technology giants invited to fund studies on the consequences of social media. Research on Internet use and mental health hampered by lack of accurate data. If technology giants provide data on how kids use apps, better research could be done.

 

Scientists say social media companies need to report how kids use the Internet to support life-saving research.

Technology giants have also been invited to fund studies on the consequences of using social media.

Research on the links between Internet use and mental health is hampered by the lack of accurate data indicating which websites are used by children and how much time they spend online.

But if Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat provided anonymized data on how children use their apps, it would allow much more accurate and useful scientific research.

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