Because of this, more power is put in the hands of young people, as they are able to make an informed decision. Some of these new and improved terms and conditions include:
- Setting out how Snapchat can publically display or sell any content a young person puts on Live or Local Snapchat.
- How Instagram can read a user’s Direct Messages.
According to a recent study done by the Commissioner, 2.46 billion people use social media worldwide, which shows just how impactful it is in our lives. But how many of us pay attention to the terms and conditions attached to social media? And what is the harm in skipping over them?
According to the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, today’s youth in the UK are unaware of the personal and private information they are giving away. This is because the terms and conditions set up by large social media companies are too complex. An example of this is Instagram’s T&Cs which have 17 pages and 5,000 words.
Jenny Afia, a leading media and privacy lawyer, believes that “the protection of the youngest and most vulnerable in our society must come first as they are a third of Internet users today.”
So if younger generations can’t understand the complex terms and conditions, how can they give informed consent to giving away their personal data?
A 14-year-old that the Children’s Commissioner’s office spoke to, said: “YouTube say they will remove anything that is illegal but at the same time, they say if there is illegal stuff on there then it isn’t their fault – so whose responsibility is it?”
What I think
I believe this is a good step towards securing the safety of today’s youth. But will it be effective? Will children actually use these new terms and conditions to their advantage? What do you think? Please comment below.
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