Teenagers should be banned from the internet. Most students in high schools have their brains washed by social media menace. In Kenya, many activities have been formulated to keep kids occupied and probably do away with their smartphones. An event dubbed Kids Digital Show was launched to ensure positive use of digital technology among children.
Reports claim, children under the age of 16 could be banned from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and email. The European Union is working hard to make sure the new regulations are enforced. In addition, websites should have strict regulations in dealing with teenagers who log in or open the sites.
Last week, officials amended proposed data protection laws to increase the age so that adults would have an opportunity to keep a watch over their kids. It would mean that millions of teenagers under 16 would be forced to seek permission from parents whenever signing up to a social media account, downloading an app or even using search engines. The law, will be discussed later on and would cause a major attack for social media companies. Almost all major social media services, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google, currently have a minimum age of 13, in compliance with European and American laws.
Just like Kenya, once the laws are agreed, European parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee will have to vote before being ratified by the parliament itself in the New Year. Countries would then have two years to implement the law. Failing to comply with the new legislation would mean fines of up to 4pc of a company’s turnover – tens of millions of pounds for the biggest internet firms. The proposed rule comes as part of a major overhaul of data protection laws designed to create a single set of rules for the European Union. It has been in the works for almost four years and will be debated by politicians on Tuesday before a vote on Thursday.
“This higher age threshold may incentivise children between the ages of 13 and 15 to lie about their age. Children aged 13 and above have long accessed online services; an artificial and sudden change to this threshold will likely result in many children between the ages of 13 and 15 lying about their ages in order to continue accessing online services – rather than asking their parents to consent.” The Diana Award Youth Board, which aims to protect children from bullying, attacked.
“This development would make it far more difficult for online services to offer children age-appropriate guidance and tools to ensure a safe and privacy-protective experience online.”
I think Teenagers should be banned from the internet so that they can be protected from cyber bullies and other internet related ill vices.