Online Safety

These resources are related to the activity the Molly Rose Foundation is undertaking to improve online safety.

The Molly Rose Foundation has responded to Ofcom’s consultation on its proposed approach to illegal online content, the first substantive part of the Online Safety Act to be consulted on.

MRF is calling on Ofcom to adopt a bolder and more ambitious regulatory response that is commensurate to the scale and nature of the suicide and self-harm risks that young people face online.

Molly Rose Foundation response to Ofcom’s consultation on protecting people from illegal harms online

February 2024

This is a first-of-its kind report from suicide prevention charity, the Molly Rose Foundation (MRF) in partnership with Bright Initiative by Bright Data. The report warns of the significant fundamental system failings by leading social media giants in handling self-harm and suicide content. The data reveals young people are routinely recommended large volumes of harmful content, fed by high-risk algorithms, that when viewed in large amounts present a clear risk of exacerbating feelings of depression, hopelessness, and misery.

Preventable yet pervasive. The prevalence and characteristics of harmful content, including suicide and self-harm material, on Instagram, TikTok and Pinterest

Please be aware that this report contains extensive references to suicide, self-harm and poor mental health.

If you’re struggling just text MRF to 85258 so you can speak to a trained volunteer from Shout, the UK’s Crisis Text Line service