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News In Focus Extra | Over Half Of East Midlands Adults Don’t Know The Social Media Age Limits

14th March 2017
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News In Focus Extra | Over Half Of East Midlands Adults Don’t Know The Social Media Age Limits

Over half of adults survived in the East Midlands have no idea what the age limits are, for youngsters using social media sites, such as Facebook and Snapchat whilst one in five – think there are no limits at all.

The research was compiled by Children’s Charity NSPCC and has prompted them to further call on social media platforms to make age restrictions much clearer on sign-up pages and the once again remind parents and guardians, of where they can easily find the relevant information and keep children safe online.

Parents who are looking to gain more information of the different types of apps which a youngsters users and which are age appropriate, can find out more information through the NSPCC and 02s Net Aware guide which is https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

In our area, 21% of people surveyed said there were no age restrictions to join a social media platform, such as facebook, twitter or snapchat – however most social media platforms do have an age limit of 13 due to the US COPPA law – which is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires online services to seek parental consent from users below that age.  

In the report below, Craig Priest chats to East Midlands NSPCC Campaign Manager Anna Sultana about the figures, and how social media platforms can do more to support youngsters and be more clear on restrictions.

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