Is Europe Right to be Looking at Increasing the Digital Age of Consent?

The Europe Parliament for civil liberties are looking into whether or not they should change the law for under 16-year-olds on social media networks. Some commentators are saying that this “would deprive young people of educational and social opportunities in a number of ways, yet would provide no more (and likely even less) protection.”

Others argue that social media plays a significant role in teen lives, especially those with troubles and that this age limit would essentially mean that they cannot reach out for help online. Recently, Megan Fox has claimed that social media is “toxic” and that “there is a hierarchy in schools of who’s the cool kid based on who has the most followers and who has the most likes. It’s a really terrible message to wake up every day and have your kids going, ‘Who liked my photo?’ and ‘Who’s following me?'”

Furthermore, online firms that want to deal with anyone under the age of 16 would have to have their parents’ permission first; but will raising the age limit make a difference?

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