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A printed version can be obtained from:
Thinkuknow – Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people:
CEOP – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Childnet – helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children
Kidsmart – learn about the internet and being a SMART surfer
Saferinternet – where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet
Despite Facebook’s popularity and ease of use, the terms and conditions of the social networking phenomena clearly state users must be over 13 years old to sign up for an account. This is due to the data protection laws in the U.S. regardless of the nature of the application. A common misconception is that this does not apply to the UK and that therefore it is acceptable for primary school children to be encouraged in its use.
The UK Safer Internet Centre (SWGfL) have very close working links with Facebook and at the Safer Internet Centre National E-safety briefings this year, the advice was as follows:
13 – 18 year olds are treated as minors and have additional privacy aspects enforced.