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The next PM must address the disturbing impact of social media on the vulnerable young

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Young people are exposed to harmful influences, whether they're ready for it or not Credit:  Nick Ansell/ PA

We’re told the world is getting smaller. That’s certainly true in one sense: we can FaceTime friends and relatives across the globe in just seconds. Distance is no longer a barrier to communication. 

But what we don’t often think about is how, in other ways, the world is actually expanding. Rapid advances in technology have opened up new possibilities that simply weren’t there when I was a child.

The internet offers incredible opportunities for children to learn, play, and be part of a virtual community with young people who may live far away but share similar interests. Just think about Swedish teen Greta Thunberg who inspired an international movement to stand up to climate change. And for...

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