E.E: Not to use social media for children up to 13 years of age

A barrier to the use of social media on the part of children under the age of 13 puts the European Union as daily practice shows that they pose many risks.

By a decision incorporated in the Regulation on the protection of personal data (No.679), which will be communicated in the near future to all EU member states, including Greece, it is explicitly forbidden to use social networks from children under the age of 13 years of age. While children aged 13 to 16 will be able to access social media only if they have secured their parents’ consent.

According to the Help Director of the Hellenic Safer Internet Center, Mr. George Korma, “so far, a child under the age of 13 could not be enrolled on Facebook or other social networks. But he could give false information and proceed as usual. With the new European regulation, it is the responsibility of the company that manages the instrument to find a way to ensure that the information declared is real. In any other case, it shall bear the consequences for each offense. ‘ Continuing, Mr. Kormas explains that “this is a very important development that can form a child protection shield, especially of the aging age, for which the digital social networking environment is completely inappropriate.”

Also, the Internet Safety Center draws the attention of parents as they need to know the age at which each game is considered appropriate. Many violent games are aimed at older people, but very young children play on them, often giving false figures.


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