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Well all I can say is that this might finally be a bit of sensible legislation coming from Europe.
As parents we're not trying to spoil the fun for teenagers, but many of them I suspect aren't mature enough to deal with the situations they may find themselves in on some of these social networks. Being a parent is hard enough without having to deal with them as well. It's a situation I'm all too familiar with at present.
Personally I would have gone for aged 18 and over, but 16 is a good enough compromise I think. Although if this goes through (and I doubt it will) then I'm sure there's going to be a backlash and there are so many "weak" parents out there (Yep, you know who you are - Clare!) that will give in to the demands of teenager rather than make a tough decision in the best interests of the youngsters.
I see a very tough battle ahead, one that may perhaps only fuel the fires we are fighting right now, but in the long run I think it may be a worthwhile cause.