Evening Standard is reporting that a new film being shown in schools warns children and teenagers against becoming absorbed by social media.
Me, Myselfie And I, by Islington-based Bafta-winning video platform TrueTube.co.uk, is described as “Big meets Black Mirror” and features a schoolboy who gets trapped inside his smartphone.
It stars Michael Bunani, who appeared in Channel 4 sitcom Man Down, as John, a selfie addict obsessed with capturing his own image and posting the shots on social media streams.
This week the Government is due to publish its first guidance on limiting children’s screen time. The advice — such as taking a break at least every two hours and avoiding social media before bedtime — follows concerns about the harm being done to young people.
Mr Collinson said: “The film aims to start an honest discussion that doesn’t chastise young people, but seeks to help them understand selfie addiction and the harm it can cause.”
At a Safer Internet Day conference in the City, Digital Minister Margot James was due to announce a crackdown to protect users of social media, including tougher measures forcing online giants to remove harmful content.
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