Rishi Sunak reportedly mulls over social media ban for under-16s in the UK!

Rishi Sunak reportedly mulls over social media ban for under-16s in the UK!

Rishi Sunak’s Push to Limit Social Media for Minors!

In a move aimed at protecting children from potential harm, the UK government is reportedly considering
restrictions on social media access for teenagers under the age of 16. Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister,
has initiated discussions on implementing potential bans and other limitations.

on implementing potential bans and other limitations. Despite the recent introduction of the Online Safety Act, which holds social media platforms accountable for shielding children from harmful content, further measures are being explored to address growing concerns .

Impact of the Online Safety Bill on Cyberbullying and Online Harm

The imminent arrival of the Online Safety Bill has sparked debates regarding the landmark legislation that
became a law to shield children from “Online Hate and Harmful Content” and its impact on freedom of
expression. The bill, having received royal assent, aims to ensure that tech firms have effective
moderating systems and processes in place to tackle harmful material circulating on their platforms.

Based on the study of parents with children aged 10 to 18, one cyberbullying research shows that 21% of
kids have undergone cyberbullying. Children can experience both sides of cyberbullying: as victims and
as perpetrators. The individuals who commit cyberbullying and sextortion are also more prone to being
victimized.

Recent research reveals alarming statistics regarding cyberbullying on various social media platforms.
Among them, YouTube is reported to have the highest percentage of kids experiencing cyberbullying, at
79%. Snapchat follows closely at 69%, while TikTok stands at 64%, and Facebook at 49%. These numbers
highlight the urgent need for effective measures to combat cyberbullying and ensure the safety of young
users on these platforms.

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The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has reported a concerning surge in the presence of Category A child
sexual abuse material online. In 2022, the number of identified cases more than doubled compared to
2020. The IWF investigated over 375,000 reports containing suspected child sexual abuse imagery, with
nearly 200,000 URLs confirmed to contain such material. If the population of the UK is facing any kind
of case, please register your report at iwf.org.ukAs discussions over online safety continue, the Molly Rose Foundation, founded by the family of Molly
Russell, who tragically took her own life after being exposed to harmful content on social media
platforms, emphasized the need to empower the communications watchdog, Ofcom.

The foundation believes that any review should focus on granting enhanced powers to Ofcom to effectively
regulate and protect vulnerable users.

Among them, YouTube is reported to have the highest percentage of kids experiencing cyberbullying, at
79%. Snapchat follows closely at 69%, while TikTok stands at 64%, and Facebook at 49%. These numbers
highlight the urgent need for effective measures to combat cyberbullying and ensure the safety of young
users on these platforms.

Takeaways:

Also read:Ofcom Unveils Rigorous Guidelines to Shield Children from Online Pornography!

Zoiko Mobile, as the UK’s No. 1 telecommunication company and mobile network provider, has taken a bold
stance in support of the Online Safety Act and the social media ban for under-16s.

Recognizing the detrimental impact of AI-generated nudity threats, particularly on mature-rated games, Zoiko
Mobile is committed to safeguarding children and promoting responsible digital content.

As a leading telecommunication company, Zoiko Mobile is revolutionizing connectivity by offering seamless
network experiences through its innovative products.

 

Zoiko eSIM card allows blazing-fast 5G networks, equipped with ultra-fast data speeds, low latency, and
enhanced connectivity. Zoiko eSIM technology aims to transform the way users connect, communicate, and
interact with the immersive digital world.

 

However, Zoiko Mobile’s commitment extends beyond technological advancements. We prioritize responsible
content, and our dedication towards online safety aims to create a positive and enriching experience for
users of all ages.

By promoting responsible digital practices and supporting initiatives like the Online Safety Act, we would
like to set an example for the industry, demonstrating the importance of prioritizing the well-being of
users in today’s digital landscape.

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