Better online rights for young people?

30 July 2015

stupid_children There's an internet campaign group (no, wait! Come back!) called iRights (they're not making it easy for us) who want people under the age of 18 to be able to delete things from their social media profiles, that might end up being damaging to them in later in life.

Basically, if you were a gobshite when you were 14 and something you did online stopped you from getting a job, you'd be peeved. Of course, you might be a 37 year old gobshite who shouts at women for spurious reasons, in which case, there's nothing Bitterwallet can do for you.

The organisation has already gained the support of politicians, corporations and even some young people themselves, who dragged themselves away from looking at their spots in a mirror for 10 minutes.

iRights has come up with five key things that they'd like to see, to provide better protection online for youngsters. They include that social media content should be easy to delete (which it pretty much is already, unless someone screengrabs it) and that young people should have the right to know who is holding information on them and what it is likely to be used for.

Regarding the latter, the campaign group would like to see terms and conditions that would effect young people, written in such a way that "typical minors can understand them."

"Children and young people are often presented as digital natives – with fast thumbs able to summon up the knowledge of the world in an instant, build a million dollar company from their bedroom, or topple a corrupt regime with a tweet," iRights said. "Yet the latest research shows that far from being at the forefront of the digital revolution, many young people remain on the lower ‘rungs’ of digital understanding. They lack the skills and knowledge necessary to benefit from the immense opportunities on offer as they move between spaces that are heavily limited and others where ‘anything goes.’"

You can check what they're all about, here

TOPICS:   Privacy   Technology   Consumer Advice

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