Social media sites are damaging children’s mental health, headteachers warn

More than nine in 10 said pupils’ well-being had suffered due to bullying and exposure to upsetting material. Image: Getty/iStock By Eleanor Busby Schools have seen a rise in self-harm cases among youngsters because of social media use School leaders are calling for new social media laws to keep children safe amid fears their mental health is being ‘damaged’. Most headteachers have received reports of