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British Government Considers Laws Allowing Kids Delete Inappropriate Content Posted When They Hit 18

September 3, 2015
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All people commit some actions and make choices every now and then. Sometime these choices turn out to be mistakes. Nevertheless, you’ve got to bear responsibility for that.

When it comes to kids, very often they don’t realize what they actually do and where their actions may eventually take due to life experience gap. Perhaps many adults would like to go back in time and change some things they did in the childhood.

Talking about the Internet, one should consider that everything that goes online stays online forever. Thus, an irresponsibly posted picture of underage drinking, explicit photos, or any other inappropriate content with your child in the spotlight may ultimately compromise him or her in the full age. Especially it concerns entering the university and getting a job.

Recruiters do consider social media profiles these days. Thus, a seemingly innocent picture with one’s pants off posted on Facebook may ruin the entire career.

Joking apart, but the British government is considering the law which would allow children to edit or even delete social media references, when they hit 18 years old and become adults.

The campaign held by the iRights group highlights that most minors do not see potential risks and legal consequences of depicting their lives on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other similar networks.

The case of the youngest member of English parliament, Mhairi Black (20 y.o.), is a good example. Not that long ago her twits dated 2010 and specking with bad language were widely discussed on the Internet, which caused a kind of inconvenience.

The main goal of the law project is to make the web a safer place for children and secure their future. In addition to the capability of deleting embarrassing content from the past, the law comprises educational programs and assistance for minors and their parents.

The idea is to teach kids behave safely and keep out of online dangers. It’s obvious that child online activity must be supervised carefully, meanwhile parents are responsible for controlling what their kids do on the Internet.

Thus, at least until such legal laws are pending and have yet to show any positive results, parents should mind that letting kids face online reality without reliable parental control equals leaving them alone in the dark.

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