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Source: Privacy Commissioner

Concern about social media use was one of the three themes raised by experts and agencies working directly with children. The three key themes were:

– Social media is a major concern, and a combination of guidance and regulatory changes are needed to manage this risk to childrens privacy. – More guidance is needed to help professionals, parents and children better understand privacy risks. – Some regulatory changes could better protect childrens privacy, including changing the Privacy Act to include a right to be forgotten, introducing a requirement to consider the best interests of the child, or creating a code of practice. Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster said the sorts of concerns raised in the survey were well summed up by one respondent, “Young people dont have the capacity to make fully informed decisions about their digital footprint and the long-lasting implications of having an online presence.