Will teens be able to delete embarrassing social media posts once they turn 18?

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British teens may be able to delete embarrassing social media posts once they turn 18 under new laws that are currently being considered by the British government. The new laws may be introduced following a campaign set up by iRights, a society that focuses on providing young people with better online experiences.

The group has set up the campaign to enable young people to have more control over their past social media posts on websites such as Facebook and Twitter, and has highlighted a number of key actions that companies must take in order to protect young people online.

Beeban Kidran, who is leading the campaign, said in a report that the campaign “seeks to make the digital world a more transparent and empowering place for children and young people (under 18) by delivering a universal framework of digital rights, in order that young people are able to access digital technologies creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.”

In addition to allowing teenagers to delete their posts once they reach the age of 18, more support will also be provided to help young people explore the internet safely.

iRights’ key actions include making it easier for teens to delete content that they have posted on social media. The group stated that young people who use the internet have the right to know who has their personal information and what this information may be used for.

The campaign is also focusing on “digital literacy”.

“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.’”


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