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According to the latest INE studies on “Equipment and use of information and communication technologies in home in Spain”, one out every four children of  10 years has a mobile phone, and its from the age of 12 when these data go up considerably and three of every four children have a mobile phone.

The first smartphone is usually a gift from parents. The reasons are that in principle this will help to have the child controlled when there are not, increasing the degree of security of the child since they will always have the possibility of contacting them. However, children with their friends, and this is when social networks come into action.

According to the legislation of our country, access to these platforms is regulated in article 13 of Royal Decree 1720/2007 of December 21, which approves the Regulation for the development of Organic Law 15/1999, of December 13, protection of personal data, which states that data may be processed for those over fourteen years of age with their consent, except in those cases in which the Law requires the assistance of the holders of the parental authority or guardianship. In the case of children under fourteen, the consent of the parents or guardians will be required.

Each social network is a world

As explained adobe, if we are strict to the regulations, its not legal to use social networks for people under 14 and it would be forbidden to register without the prior consent of their legal guardians but from theory to practice…

Not all social netwoeks have the same minimum age to open an account. For example, on Snapchat you can register with 13 years while in LinkedIn you need  16 years.

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Are you anonymous as you think?

Teenagers are not aware of the danger that can lead to upload everything to the internet and especially on social media. In reference to this fact, UNICEF launched on February 6th on “Internacional Day of Safe Internet” a campaign called #NoSeasEstrella where it alerts parents of the privacy that their children have in the media and the dangers in which they can be see wrapped in a future.

Through a video made in a Madrid school where a journalist begins to ask different children about their private lives to the children being surprised and uncomfortable to see that they have so much information about them.

The campaign has been a success and achieves its goal of raising awareness among parents of the importance of warning their children to be careful with publications and always be prudent with the content they share on the media as it can be used by a third party and can also affect their safety and reputation.

The technological world invades us and its important to grow fields of education focus on the usage of social networks for both parents and children, so that from the moment children go to school they educate them and raise awareness of the responsibility of their actions for their future.

This also affects the fashion of parents to massively upload content of their children on social media without falling that is indirectly providing much information of family habits and customs to criminals.

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