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Social Media ban for the under-16s?

Teenagers could be looking to seek parental permission under new proposal

Teenagers under the age of 16 could be banned from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and email if they do not have parental permission to use the social media platforms.

The European Union is on the verge of pushing through regulations that would raise the age of consent for websites to use personal data from 13 to 16. Officials quietly amended, proposed data protection laws last week to increase the age and put the EU out of step with other parts of the world. Millions of teenagers would be forced to seek permission from their parents whenever signing up to a social media account, downloading an app or even using search engines.

The law, due to be negotiated between member states on Tuesday, would cause a major headache for social media companies.

Almost all major social media services, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google, currently have a minimum age of 13, in compliance with European and American laws.

The new rules would need to be ratified by the European parliament.

Countries would then have two years to implement the law.

Do you think such a rule would help keep the children safe on the Internet or force them to lie about their age?