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‘A Step in the Right Direction’

On 8th April 2019 the Government published its white paper on Online Safety.  This means that a regulator will be appointed for online content, with social media companies having to sign up to a new ‘mandatory duty of care’.

At PAPYRUS we very much welcome this news, and feel it is certainly a step in the right direction. We’re pleased that the Government has listened to us about the very real risks of young people being influenced by online content which can contribute to their suicide.  
This strategy might well help save the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the country.

The PAPYRUS Internet Safety campaign came to national prominence again in recent months with the tragic death and inquest of Molly Russell and her father’s determination to press social media companies to act. Ian Russell’s bravery certainly brought PAPYRUS’ concerns to the Government’s attention in a very powerful way.

PAPYRUS has been campaigning for greater safety online since World Suicide Prevention Day, September 2006, when it called on the Government to follow the example set by Australia to outlaw internet use to incite or encourage others to take their own lives, or to provide information on how to die by suicide. Until now, in the UK, threats posed by pro-suicide sites, chat rooms and parts of social media have not been taken seriously enough.

Suicide is the main cause of death in young people under 35 in the UK. Every year in the UK over 1,600 take their own lives. PAPYRUS believes that many are preventable. The charity provides practical advice and support – how to cope, what to say and do – to young people and others concerned that a young person may be at risk of killing themselves.

For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice contact PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK tel 0800 068 41 41 text 07786 209 697 email [email protected]