Banning teenagers from social media would be an attack on their human rights

New data protection rules could block under-16s from social media access without parental consent, denying them rights to expression and information

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As far as adult internet users are concerned, the reforms presented in these new regulations are mostly empowering. But, whether intentional or not, they could wind up disempowering and disenfranchising millions of young internet users.


When first drafted, the regulations generally reflected the status quo in most of Europe, the US and other regions, by requiring parental consent before commercial services could process personal information from children under 13. But, at the last minute, the age was raised to 16, effectively banning children from accessing Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other services without parental consent.

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2 Responses to Banning teenagers from social media would be an attack on their human rights

  1. mrailslider says:

    Children under the ages of eighteen should not be posting in social medias especially with sites like back page being used by children’s protection systems and foster over children in their care foster should be on government sites only and non smokers children have rights to non exposé sure to pornography for any reason and children should not be posting showing their location images and home histories in social medias. CPS uses many site for deprograming/indoctrination which is a form of torture within the borders of the United States

    • towardchange says:

      On that note social services should not be using social media to place pictures of children who THEY label as orphans to sell. Especially when those children have parents who are very much alive.

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