Websites told to remove material promoting self-harm in UK
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 13/03/2010 17:27
Doctors today called on websites to remove any material which romanticises or promotes self-harm by young people, as figures emerged suggesting a significant rise in the numbers admitted to hospital.
Around one in ten 11-25 year-olds - mainly but not only girls - will deliberately harm themselves at some point. According to the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University, admissions of under-25s who have damaged themselves deliberately with a sharp object have risen by 50% in five years, from 1,758 in 2004/5 to 2,727 in 2008/9.