UK Children’s Commissioner publishes report on children’s interaction with social media providers

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The UK Children’s commissioner has called for greater representation after a recent study found half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed opaque T&Cs with social media firms.

Children are being left to fend for themselves in the digital world, regularly signing over rights to their private messages and pictures unknowingly and with scant advice from parents or schools, according to commissioner.

Almost half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed impenetrable terms and conditions to give social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram control over their data, without any accountability, according to the commissioner’s Growing Up Digital taskforce.

The year-long study found children regularly signed up to terms including waiving privacy rights and allowing the content they posted to be sold around the world, without reading or understanding their implications.

The full report can be found by clicking here.