A mom from Watford has started a petition calling for social media laws to be toughened to protect children’s mental health.
Suzanne Samaka, 33, wants it to be mandatory to include hashtags where posts have been edited or filtered so that young people are not made to have unrealistic expectations.
The Barclays employee said she started the petition, which has already won over 600 supporters, after spotting too many examples of young people suffering from low self-esteem and nothing was done about it. this subject.
Suzanne said: âI have personally seen the lasting effects that eating disorders, anxiety, depression and loneliness can have on the lives of young people today.
“Prevention is better than cure and I am concerned that society does not have the resources to support the growing number of young people who are affected.”
It has been widely reported that young people have been spending more and more time online during the lockdown, which activists fear will have a detrimental effect.
A survey by the Royal Society for Public Health found that young people between the ages of 14 and 24 reported being more prone to depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness after using social media platforms.
Suzanne continued, âI’m so happy the issue is getting the attention it needs, but I want to get more tangible action than just awareness.
âOne solution to this could be to change the laws on social media platforms, so that if content is filtered or edited, it should be indicated with a hashtag on the post.
Likewise, when a celebrity is paid to approve an article, they must include #ad on their post.
Since the start of the petition, Suzanne has been contacted by teachers and parents who confirmed that young people have opened up to loneliness and fears of the perfection of social media.
Children as young as nine also reported being aware of their bodies.
Suzanne added, âThe more people I tell about the petition, the more it makes me want to make sure that there is change, protection and honesty to give our young people a fair chance in the process. today’s world.
âDo I believe social media is the problem with youth mental health challenges? No. Is it exacerbating the problem? Absolutely.”
The petition has so far collected over 600 signatures. To support him, visit: https://www.change.org/ChangeSocialMediaLaws