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How the government plans to protect teenagers online with new laws

Tom Elliott
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The government has moved to implement new laws that would require social media websites to block those under 16 from setting up accounts, unless they have parental consent.

David Coleman, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for mental health and suicide prevention, explained how the new Online Privacy Bill would work on 3AW Drive.

“For too long these platforms haven’t acted in the best interests of kids,” he said.

“After years of saying they couldn’t do it, and it was all too hard, the platforms are now acknowledging that they can in fact do it and we want to require them to because social media raises a lot of issues.”

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Tom Elliott
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