Social Media Ban For Under 16’s 

  
European lawmakers to pass a bill of banning the use of social media for teens under the age of 16 without parental consent. 

Personally, I think it’s a great step in the right direction. But I’m just not too sure. Ok so hear me out. Teens usually spend most evenings on their phones or laptops liking, commenting, tweeting or pinning which could be a good thing or a bad one. Social media is used by everyone, everywhere which helps get important messages across, information, advice and life experiences spread around the world with just the click of a button. So, teens may be able to receive this from the internet but most resources come from social media. Now you definitely wouldn’t want your child to continuously hit into a brick wall every time they tried researching well, anything. 

But on the other hand the amount of cyber bullying, exposure of young teens and generally each other’s safety really has no limit when it comes to teens using social media. Being able to ban social media will not only lower the risks of all three from above but also gives young teens the time to actually grow up and learn what social media is actually used for at its best. The average age a user on Facebook or Twitter is is just 13. An age where we start experiencing new things and being an insecure 13-year-old to blossoming into a bright and cheery 16-year-old starting to look forward to life.

Looking at it from both sides I don’t   believe the ban should be put in place in safety to the middle adolescents. But even if it did come into effect surely there will be a loop hole. Do you ever come across the pop ups of ‘have you read the terms and conditions?’ or ‘are you aged 16 and over?’ Well almost all of us lie with the first one so of course it would be too easy to lie on the second one. The main reason why I don’t think it’s a good idea is because it seems like it’s covering the mouths of all these young teen opinions and thoughts with duck tape rather than thinking about there saftey. 

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3 thoughts on “Social Media Ban For Under 16’s 

  1. Banning social media isn’t bullying? This extra helicopter parenting isn’t bullying? I thought the evidence proved that helicopter parenting is dangerous for kids.

    Kids need to learn to interact outside of their parents’ earshot. They need to learn to build their own world. Of course it’ll be flawed (We’ve read Lord of the Flies, right?) but we must not intervene unless the fire is starting. Kids will not grow up by being sheltered.

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  2. I completely agree with you there. The point I was trying to make is that if social media was banned then it would stop cyber bullying between the young teens. But then again bullying can be done everywhere and not just online. I agree with the fact young teens should not be sheltered as this is a part of growing up.

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  3. If we’d isolate our kids it will also stop bullying, but at the expense of isolation and terrible psych-health.
    Here’s the thing. People can hurt you but loneliness always will. Loneliness is far more dangerous and any attempt to prevent social interaction is most likely misguided.

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