Kate Winslet said the Government should require social media companies to enforce age restrictions to protect children’s mental health.
The Oscar-winning British star, 47, said security checks were “much stricter” and called on those in power to “suppress” the issue.
Speaking on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, she said many parents feel “completely powerless” to help their children cope with the impact of social media.
Winslet co-starred with her stepdaughter, Mia Threapleton, in the Channel 4 series I Am Ruth, about a worried mother who sees her daughter becoming increasingly weary of the pressures of the online world.
“I really struggle with social media,” she told Kuenssberg. I struggle with its apparent impact on teen mental health.
“I wish that our Government would crack down on it. I wish that there would be some platforms banned before a certain age.
“I wish the security checks would be much stricter.”
With teens, “there’s a way” and “if they want to get on that platform, they can,” says Winslet.
However, she added: “But I believe that more safeguards and accountability is needed because parents won’t stop saying: ‘Thank you so much Government, let’s see this. what just happened to my baby’.”
It comes after the Government dropped measures banning “legitimate but harmful” web content as part of the Online Safety Bill.
Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said including the restriction risked “eroding freedom of expression” but campaigners said the move was like “undermining” the Bill.
I Am Ruth is part of the Bafta-nominated and female-led television series I Am, created by filmmaker Dominic Savage.
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The fictional plot for the two-hour show, which examines the mental health crisis affecting young people in the United Kingdom, was developed and co-written by Winslet and Savage.
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