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Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors

Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors

Health
Leading UK psychiatrists say they will never understand the risks and benefits of social media use on children's mental health unless companies hand over their data to researchers.Tech companies must be made to share data and pay a tax to fund important research, they say in a report.There is growing evidence internet use can harm mental health but research is still lacking, it adds.But a civil rights group said children should not be treated "like lab rats".An independent regulator for online safety is planned by the government.The report, by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, calls on the regulator to require social-media companies to share data on how children and young people are using the likes of Instagram, Facebook and Tw...
Banning out-of-hours email ‘could harm employee wellbeing’

Banning out-of-hours email ‘could harm employee wellbeing’

Technology
Banning staff from accessing their work emails outside office hours could do more harm than good to employee wellbeing, a study suggests.University of Sussex researchers found while a ban could help some staff switch off, it could also stop people achieving work goals, causing stress.Companies are increasingly curbing email use to tackle burnout. France has even legislated on the issue.But human resources body CIPD said it agreed with the university's findings. According to the research, strict policies on email use could be harmful to employees with "high levels of anxiety and neuroticism". How do you tackle stress in the workplace? 'I lost my job because of my depression' That was because such employees needed to feel free to respond to a "growing accu...
‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

Health
Using "time outs" to discipline children is not going to harm them or your relationship with them, US research suggests.Despite criticism of the "naughty step" strategy, children's anxiety did not increase and neither did their aggressive behaviour, the eight-year study of families found.But a UK psychologist said the key was how the technique was used.And not all children responded to authoritarian forms of discipline.The study, by the University of Michigan, tracked almost 1,400 families and their parenting strategies at three, five and 10 years old.The researchers measured children's positivity and negativity to parents, and their mental health and social skills - using games, observations and video-taped interactions.At three...
Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds

Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds

Science
July 5 (UPI) -- New research suggests damselflies are being harmed by thiacloprid, a common neonicotinoid insecticide used by farmers to kill aphids and whiteflies. When researchers first began testing the efficacy and safety of neonicotinoids, insecticides synthetically derived from nicotine, they determined the chemicals only harmed insects that actually ate the sprayed crops. Thus, only the targeted pests would be killed. But over the last decade, dozens have studies have shown this assumption to be false and identified neonicotinoid exposure as the primary driver of colony collapse disorder and the decline of honey bees all over the world. The latest study, published this week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, suggests other bystanders are also being negatively affected, including d...
Huawei: US blacklist will harm billions of consumers

Huawei: US blacklist will harm billions of consumers

Business
A US move to put Huawei on a trade blacklist "sets a dangerous precedent" that will harm billions of consumers, the firm's top legal officer said.Speaking at a press conference, Song Liuping said the trade ban would also "directly harm" American companies and affect jobs. Washington recently added Huawei to a list of companies that US firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.The trade ban is part of a wider battle between the US and Huawei.Washington has moved to block the Chinese company, the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment, on national security concerns. Huawei has repeatedly denied claims the use of its products presents security risks, and says it is independent from the Chinese government. "Politicians in the US are using the st...