When you sign up to a new Facebook account, you are asked to confirm “I am over 13 years old”, many other sites and services have this same restriction, and although a large number of children (sometimes with or without their parents permissions) ignore this soon an even larger number may be violating the terms and conditions of services like Facebook, Snapchat, and many more, “why?” I hear you ask, because the little known European Parliament’s civil liberties and home affairs committee is considering a change of the “digital age of consent” from 13 to 16.
This means that in future parents or guardians of children under 16 will need to give permission for sites to use the personal data of anyone under 16.
The processing of personal data of a child below the age of 16 years shall only be lawful if and to the extent that such consent is given or authorised by the holder of parental responsibility over the child
Proposed Europe’s Data Protection Regulation
I know a lot of parents who’s children have Facebook accounts, me included, so will this make any real difference? The key with anything your children do is to make sure you as the parent is fully aware of all their activity, and revoke the access if you feel actions are unsuitable.