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Europe May Pass Bill Banning Teens Under 16 From Social Media

European lawmakers may pass a bill banning teens under the age of 16 from using social media without parental consent.

The bill, a proposed amendment of the European Data Protection Regulation, would increase the legal age to use social media from the current standard of 13.

Unsurprisingly, with news of the possible amendment comes a slew of controversy, with dozens arguing that cutting teens off from social media is not only unjust; it may also be harmful.

ConnectSafely.org CEO Larry Magid writes,

I worry that it could actually endanger and disenfranchise young people at the very time when we should be doubling down on their engagement in social media and world events.

He's not the only one. Just check out what Twitter is saying:

Social media connects like-minded individuals.


Social media allows for the formation of distinct communities.


It allows teens to connect with the world…


…And teaches them about others.


But most importantly, social media is how teens communicate and connect.


Learn more about the proposed ban, and why we can't let it pass, here.

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Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.
Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.

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