Children become addicted to social media such as Facebook and Snapchat in the same way as junk food, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.
Anne Longfield said that technology companies should stop using their algorithms to hook youngsters, and that parents also needed to play a part.
“None of us would want our children to eat junk food all the time,” she said. “For those same reasons we shouldn’t want our children to do the same with their online time. When phones, social media and games make us feel worried, stressed and out of control, it means we haven’t got the balance right.”