EU politicians: Don't ban teenagers from using the Internet
With the new law that the European Union wants to pass this week, young people wouldn't even be able to sign this very petition.
The European Parliament/Commission/EU Policy Makers are thinking of introducing a new rule under the European General Data Protection Regulation which would mean young people aged 16 and under would need to ask permission from their parents before they use any services related to the internet.
A last-minute change to the draft of Article 8 of the European General Data Protection Regulation would mean that children under 16 would have to get their parents' consent every time they want to use "information society services"-- like using search engines, downloading an app, writing blog posts, or sending messages to friends on social media sites. Earlier, EU politicians had set the age of consent to 13.
Young people aged 13 and above already use the Internet to research school work, socialise and help them understand more about themselves and the world around them. For many young people the Internet is a source of help and support, especially for confidential issues like abuse and sexual orientation. Young people have a right to privacy to access this information on the internet sites without involving their parents at every step of the way.
We don't believe young people should be required to seek their parents’ consent every time they use a new app or website.
If this law passes, young people wouldn't even be able to sign this very petition. EU politicians have ignored the views of young people, parents, child safety experts and charities/NGOs in coming to this hasty decision.
We are urging those involved to stop and listen to stakeholders before allowing such a change to go through. There's still time to change the age of consent back to 13.
1. Get involved on social media using the hashtags #13To16Privacy #KidsPrivacy
2. Sign this petition to encourage EU policy makers to rethink their decision this week.
3. Find out more information: http:/http://www.antibullyingpro.com/blog/2015/12/11/letter-expressing-concern-to-the-draft-general-data-protection-regulation-13to16/www.antibullyingpro.com/blog/2015/12/11/letter-expressing-concern-to-the-draft-general-data-protection-regulation-13to16
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