The primary kids who grew up in an internet period are actually totally grown adults – however we nonetheless don’t have any constant method to defending younger individuals on-line, leaving enormous dangers round bullying, entry to pornography, self-harm imagery and all types of content material solely appropriate for adults.
With the authorities’s on-line harms invoice introduced in draft kind and a brand new age-appropriate design code due to be rolled out in September, the topic is excessive on the political agenda. In the meantime, technological modifications in areas equivalent to facial recognition are advancing know-how to restrict who can see what on-line. However will these modifications make any significant distinction to the sort of content material that kids can see on-line? What are the implications of the sort of knowledge kids would have to surrender to internet corporations to make it work? And is a very child-safe internet possible – and even fascinating – if it comes at the price of serious on-line freedoms which we’ve got all come to take for granted?
Anushka Asthana talks to the Guardian’s UK know-how editor, Alex Hern, about the nature of the dangers dad and mom have to take into consideration, the effectiveness of the approaches which can be utilized to cut back them, and the possible limitations of any such techniques.
You may learn Alex Hern’s Observer piece on all of this right here.
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