Make it illegal for children under 13 to access social media sites.

Make it illegal for children under 13 to access social media sites.

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How do we protect our children from the inappropriate content on social media?
We can have parental blocks on devices, we can restrict or even remove devices which allow access to social media.
BUT... what about when our children mix with other children that have been exposed to this inappropriate content.. what do we do then?
My son has fallen victim to this at aged 9, he has heard things that NO child should ever hear, I feel like he has been violated.
Something needs to change.
What is happening to our world? To our children? ...The future generation!
Many parents feel pressured into allowing their children to have phones, tablets etc and most follow guidelines about parental control but seriously how many of us are monitoring it as well as we should?
I'm scared, really scared... the things my son has heard, I would be shocked to hear as an adult.. They were words...thankfully! And not actions... is this the next step??
We have to do something, what can we do? I'm sure collectively we can do something to protect our children.
Age restrictions on apps aren't working, content screening isnt working!
What can we do?
How many of our children have already been exposed to inappropriate content, either directly or indirectly.
I have had hour long meetings on several occasions this week with my sons school and it's clear to see their hands are tied. Schools can't exclude the children who are repeating this inappropriate language as they are victims themselves.
Something needs to be done on a larger scale.
As parents we are worried about our children being groomed, stalked or handing out personal information.
Had we thought about children copying the inappropriate content, whether this be sexualised material or suicide information! Copying it when they are out of our sights, at school or at friends houses when we think they are safe!
We need to put a stop to this.
I wish I had a solution, I keep coming back to the same suggestion that social media should be only accessed once a secure method has been established, we protect our money in our bank this way, surely it makes sense to protect our children this way too. If we had to enter bank details and verify it maybe it would deter children as it wouldn't be so readily available. I know there would be some people who allowed their children access but if our government treated this as a serious offence then surely we would see a decline.
At the moment we have children uploading inappropriate material on sites such as TikTok, would this happen if there were serious penalties to the responsible adult.

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