Kids get social media rights guide

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A guide to help children understand their digital rights has been published.

Concerned that young people don’t understand what they’re agreeing to when they join social media platforms, the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, has worked with a privacy law firm to condense various polices into more digestible formats.

Ms Longfield has claimed that Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook and so on have ‘not done enough’ to make their policies comprehendible to their younger users.

However, Instagram has already said that the simplified text concerning its rules has some ‘inaccuracies’.

Anybody who’s had a glimpse at a tech firm’s terms and conditions hymn sheet will know that adults could probably do with a slimmed-down version of the facts, too.

Ms Longfield, who has slammed Instagram’s 17 pages of T&Cs, said: ‘Children have absolutely no idea that they are giving away the right to privacy or the ownership of their data or the material they post online.’

Instagram isn’t having of that, saying in a statement: ‘It is wrong to suggest we share young people’s personal information, contact details or content of direct messages with advertisers without their permission. Nor do we share details of who people are messaging with.’ Hmm, really?

It’s a nice idea, and probably a very good one, but I can’t imagine many, if any, kids caring about reading their T&Cs in whatever format. They just want to muck about, don’t they? I did. Still do, come to think of it.

Kids get social media rights guide

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