A new report from The Children’s Commissioner highlights what a minefield today’s technology is for young people and it makes very interesting reading. Something that really caught my eye was the discussion on how young people understand the terms and conditions from Instagram – in a nut shell they don’t! These ts and cs were re-written in a child friendly way and then presented to young people for their opinion. They were shocked to say the least. One paragraph that really stood out:
- Although you are responsible for the information you put on Instagram, we may keep use and share your personal information with companies connected with Instagram. This information includes your name, email address, school, where you live, pictures, phone number, your likes and dislikes, where you go, who your friends are, how often you use Instagram, and any other person information we find such as your birthday or who you are chatting with, including in private messages (DMs).
Take the time to download the report and have a read through – show these child friendly ts and cs to the pupils in your class, it will definitely spark a discussion!