Report asks if social media companies should collect under 16's data

25/05/2024 | The Guardian

MPs are calling for a comprehensive crackdown on screen time for children, urging the next government to consider a total ban on smartphones for children under 16 years old. The House of Commons education committee made these recommendations in a report highlighting the negative impact of excessive screen time and smartphone use on children's wellbeing and education.

The report recommended launching a consultation by the end of the year to evaluate "whether 13 is an appropriate age for children to allow social media platforms to access their personal data online." Considering the age of consent and other age-related thresholds in the UK, the report concluded that 16 may be a more suitable age for digital consent.

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