Question It!

While being in favour of the right to individual privacy, I believe that with mutual respect on the part of both parents and children, there must be a final veto by a responsible parent for underage children.

Parents have a responsibility for the care, welfare, and well-being of their offspring so should also be allowed to scrutinise, within reason, the kind of material they access.

Mutual respect for each other’s territory, correspondence and personal possessions is acquired over time. The degree of trust between both sides depends on the example set by the parents.

Researching Reform

Welcome to another week.

A report recently published by the University of Winchester argues that children should have their own, independent right to privacy, separate from their parents’ own views about privacy.

The publication follows the Government’s announcement this month that it will create a new Data Protection Bill, giving people a right to force social media companies to delete their personal data, including social media posts from childhood.

A workshop was held to look at the ways in which a child’s right to privacy might be implemented in law. Organisations who attended the workshop included Channel Four, the BBC, the Children’s Commissioner’s Office and academics from the universities of Winchester, Oxford, East Anglia, Sussex and Cambridge.

A total of 8 recommendations were made:

  1. Young children should have a privacy right independent from their parents’ privacy expectations.
  2. Encourage debate on the objectification of children online, internet bullying and standards…

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