Social media apps are the new trends such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. At a Paris Summit, leaders from all around the world made a global call to take a step to protect children online.
France and the United Nations child protection agency, UNICEF initiated the call on Thursday which acknowledged that, “in the digital environment, children can come across harmful and violent content and manipulation of information. Just like adults, children have rights to privacy, which should be respected.”
On the day of the Paris Peace Forum, the French president called on several countries, companies, and organizations to “make concrete commitments for 2022.”
Google and YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, and Instagram’s parent firm Meta, Snapchat, Microsoft, and Twitter were among the signatories. There were eight countries present which as well included France, Argentina, Jordan, Italy, and Morocco, although not the US.
The session was being chaired by Macron about the rights of children in the presence of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, and Russel Grandinetti, Amazon senior vice president.
The summit was organized both online and in person which surely brought all the world leaders together. Macron stated that, “We must regulate contents and authorization tools so that an 8-year-old, a 10-year-old, a 15-year-old child … cannot be exposed to all contents without rules.” He also insisted on the urgent need for educating children about the cons of social media.
Nora Fraisse who is a head of a French association fighting school bullying praised “a key moment” as because it puts global pressure on internet giants.
She also stated about a few popular social media apps like TikTok, Snapchat that, “Those who are spreading hatred via their pipes hold some responsibility.”
Kids under the age of 13 are usually banned by social media companies from singing up for any of their services but as per reports its seen that the kids sign up anyway, sometimes with or without their parent’s consent.
Fraisse also presented her study nationwide this year that clearly presented the proportion of those who took the decision to attempt suicide which is higher among children bullied at school which is merely about 12% than it is in the general population which is 7 percent.