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Teenagers under 16 may soon have a Facebook and Snapchat ban

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Teenagers under 16 may soon have a Facebook and Snapchat ban

By the end of this week it could be illegal for any European child under 16 to use Facebook - or Snapchat or any messaging service - without the express consent of their parents. That, according to some interpretations, would be the result of a vote by an obscure committee to raise the digital age of consent from 13 to 16.

Who knew there was a "digital age of consent"?

I certainly didn't but I am told it's built into the decisions that many online firms make about the age they will allow people to join.

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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.


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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

What business is it of the EU anyway? This is exactly the sort of law we should be able to pass for ourselves.

The sooner we're out the better!
grumpyoldwoman
16th Dec 15 17:31

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Kenny

Kenny

By the way you're right Stalag14 - policing it would have been difficult, which is why I'd suggest 18+ and a credit card for age verification. It would have upset a lot of youngsters I'm sure but would have reduced the number of available targets for predators and helped tackle a lot of online bullying as well. There again the incomes of these networks may have taken a hit...
Kenny
16th Dec 15 13:38

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Kenny

Kenny

"From the BBC News today: EU will not raise social media age limit to 16

There had been a proposal to ban Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other services from processing personal data belonging to under-16s unless their parents had given consent. That would have effectively prevented the companies from offering their services to young people.

Tech firms lobbied against the idea."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35110474

Does anyone else think that this is a cop out? And how much did Facebook pay for this to be overturned I wonder?
Kenny
16th Dec 15 13:31

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Stalag14

Stalag14

Make that; anyone between 9 and 99 years of age will be banned from Facebook and Snapchat.

Stupid "me me me I'm the greatest" crap.

Anyway, how is the ban to be implemented and verified by age when joining and using the service?

ID card.....No
Credit card....No
Bank account details.....No
Passport.....No
Drivers licence.....No
Birth Certificate......No
Utility bill.....No
National Insurance Number.....Maybe
Lie about your age....YES

Another law dreamt up by none technically-savvy gormless politicians.
Stalag14
16th Dec 15 07:56

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