A new report from Parent Zone on the effects of the internet on young people’s mental health has found that children in the UK are facing a lack of resources in schools, leaving teachers frustrated and pupils vulnerable. The results show a generation of young people are torn between positive feelings towards the internet (74.5% report that it makes them happy), yet acknowledge that there are areas they would tell friends to avoid.
One of the interesting elements for Assist was around the role the web plays in helping young people. The number of young people who said they would choose the web as an advice route was over six times more than the number who would chose phone. The report also made the case that support services were just not there at present.
Online advice and support works for many groups, but particularly young people. We need to work together to ensure they have the right access to services.