Accuracy of mental health advice on TikTok examined

  • TikTok is now increasingly being used as a search engine for a range of purposes by young people.
  • One of these purposes is mental health and an insight into mental health conditions.
  • A company called PlushCare has analysed 500 TikTok videos which included #mentalhealthtips and #mentalhealthadvice hashtags and had medical professionals assess them for accuracy and risk.
  • The study found nearly 84% of mental health advice on TikTok is misleading.
  • Around 14% of videos included content which could be potentially damaging.
  • To view the full findings from PlushCare’s research, go to Social Media Today’s website.

Study reports loot boxes cause “financial and emotional harm” to children

  • A three-year study from Newcastle and Loughborough Universities tracked gaming habits of 42 families with children aged between five and 17.
  • The study found children struggled to track spending in games where “highly alluring” digital items were advertised to them using techniques from gambling.
  • The report recommends loot boxes be restricted within games to those aged over 18 and virtual currencies be replaced with direct currency, such as pound sterling.
  • Check out our article on Young People and Gambling in Gaming.
  • To learn more, go to the Eurogamer website.

Sharp rise in teenagers suffering poor mental health

  • According to a report covering England from NHS Digital, there has been a sharp rise in the number of older teenagers who most likely have a mental health disorder.
  • One in four 17–19-year-olds are now suffering from serious mental distress, up from one in six last year.
  • The report also showed one in five children under 16 reach the threshold for ‘probably’ having a mental health disorder.
  • Issues facing children included depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping problems, self-harming and profound loneliness.
  • For more, go to the Standard’s website.