Should children be allowed to use Facebook or have mobile phone use controlled? Have your say (From News Shopper)
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Should children be allowed to use Facebook or have mobile phone use controlled? Have your say
11:01am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
CHILDREN under 16 should not be allowed to use Facebook and there ought to be tighter controls on their mobile phone use.
Those are the views of a retired child psychologist whose letter was published by News Shopper this week.
It follows cases such as that of “bullied” 15-year-old Sinead Taylor who was found hanged in her Woolwich home.
The letter by Jay Travers said children need to be better protected, and called for strong parenting to control what adolescents do online and on their mobiles.
It also asked: “Would it be better if no one under the age of 16 has access to Facebook and other ‘mobiles’? After all we do not allow children under 17 to drive or drink alcohol.”
Do you agree the minimum age for Facebook should be raised and more tightly enforced? Do you think children are given too much freedom and privacy?
When there are rules on when young people can buy cigarettes, play the lottery and do other ‘adult’ activities, why are so many given free rein on using the internet or having their own mobile phone?
How do you think the issue of cyber-bullying among children can be tackled?
Add your comments below.
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