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A report of the Growing Up Digital Taskforce of the British Children’s Commissioner was recently published, revealing that children routinely sign over their digital rights unknowingly. The report examined the terms and conditions of Instagram...

A new academic research published by the German independent research institute IZA finds that children aged 10 to 15 who spend more time on social networks are less satisfied with all aspects of their lives, except for their friendships. Girls s...

The Irish Data Protection Authority has opened a consultation to seek the views of interested parties on the statutory age of consent threshold (“age of digital consent”) to be applied in the case of information society services offered d...

A study (led by the The Stanford History Education Group and sponsored by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation) was conducted on 7,804 students from middle school through college to examine how teenagers evaluate information they find online. It is rep...

A recent survey commissioned by the University of Birmingham found that more than half of parents in the UK think popular social media sites hamper their children’s moral development. For their UK-wide poll, researchers questioned 1,...

A poll by the NGO Common Sense Media revealed that 59% of the 620 parents interviewed reported their teens aged 12 to 18 were addicted to their mobile devices while 50% of teens themselves recognised they feel addicted. The white paper accompanying t...

On 6 August, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries (Ofcom) published its annual Communications Market Report. The report reveals that 40% of 12 -15 year-olds and 41% of 16-24 year-olds said they...

In a report on the “Impact of physical activity and diet on health” released today, the eleven Members of Parliament of the Health Committee call on the next Government to take steps to stop the marketing of unhealthy food and sugary drin...

On 9 January, children’s charity NSPCC released a new campaign on children’s online safety. “Share Aware” is backed by a review of 511 parents of 48 social networking sites (SNS) and apps used by young people, which found that...

Last month, Italian non-attached Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Mara Bizzotto tabled a motion for resolution on the spread of ‘grooming’ and protecting minors who use social network sites. The motion for resolution urges th...

On 15 November, Facebook clarified its privacy policies for under 18’s following a joint letter sent by six US privacy organisations to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last September expressing concerns over its revised privacy policy. Chan...

In a study presented on 17 October at the Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society, the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute found that food companies use websites, apps and social media to target children, effectively circu...

A new ASA survey commissioned suggests that the majority of young people are registering on sites using false ages. The original aim of the research was to understand better what ads children see when they use social media. It shows that advertisers...

On 10 July, Republican congressman John J. Duncan of Tennessee introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives which aims to ban social media sites from intentionally or knowingly using the faces of underage users for commercial purposes. The F...

A survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society found that while teens are disclosing more personal information on social media, the vast majority are actively taking steps to protect their priva...

On 1 February, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an agreement to a $800,000 settlement with Path Inc., a maker of a popular social networking app, over charges that it breached the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rul...

At the end of December 2012, the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) released a review of the use of children under 16 as brand ambassadors and in peer-to-peer marketing, which concludes that banning such techniques would not be propor...

The European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report prepared by MEP Silvia Costa, an Italian member of the Socialist group, on the ‘Protection of children in the digital world’ during its plenary session on 20 November. The opinion w...

On 26 September, John Carr, a board member of the UK Council for Child internet Safety, a voluntary organisation chaired by Ministers from the Department for Education and the Home Office as well as policy-makers, industry, NGOs and academia in ...

On 6 June, Quebec-based organisation “Weight Coalition” (“Coalition Poids”) issued a report urging the federal and provincial governments to introduce regulation against the “invasive” marketing of sugary drinks to...

On 14 November, the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) released an updated Code of Ethics to apply to to all advertising and marketing communications from 1 January 2012. Amendments include a clarification of the meaning of “...

On 19 October, the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) announced that consumer groups* have filed a complaint  with the Federal Trade Commission against PepsiCo/Frito-Lays urging it to take action and prevent future similar deceptive advertising ...

A report published in April by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the research published between January 2008 and February 2011 on food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents. It aims to assess, among other things, industry self-...

On 28 April, a US Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) published a draft of long-awaited nutritional standards entitled “Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts”. This development follows mounting f...

A report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on 28 March 2011 looks at “the impact of social media on children, adolescents, and families” and finds that the lack of understanding of online privacy issues and the influen...

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day (8 February 2011), the UK Council for Child Internet Safety launched guidelines for moderating ‘interactive online services’ for children, including social networks, forums, online games, chat and ins...




More than half of children aged 12 have a Facebook account despite age restrictions put in place by the social networking giant, a survey has revealed. Facebook's guidelines state no-one under 13 is allowed a profile on the site, but a recent study ...