What are the legal responsibilities of social networks and platforms?
64% of teens with Twitter accounts say that their tweets are public, while 24% say their tweets are private. 12% of teens with Twitter accounts say that they “don’t know” if their tweets are public or private.
While boys and girls are equally likely to say their accounts are public, boys are significantly more likely than girls to say that they don’t know (21% of boys who have Twitter accounts report this, compared with 5% of girls).
Social media networks cannot control whether younger users accounts are private or public, therefore they should implement restrictions on how old you have to be to have a public account. But at the moment social networks cannot control this decision and it only depends on the user.
Social networks shouldn’t be the only ones to control the risks of social media, and parents or guardians can have an input to protect their children from inappropriate behaviour.
- Work out how they want to behave and be treated by other people online understand the risks involved in using social media – for example, risks like being tagged in an embarrassing photo taken at a party understand the dangers involved in sharing content and personal information – this includes not only content that your child shares but also images of your child that other people share, or posts and images that others tag your child to learn how to navigate the risks – for example, if your child posts an identifiable image of themselves, they can reduce risk by not including any other personal information learn what to do if people ask for personal details, are mean or abusive online, post embarrassing photos of your child, or share information that links back to your child.