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PARENTS should stop kids from using social media app Snapchat, the Children’s Commissioner warned.
Anne Longfield – an independent Government adviser – said the app was one of the most troubling because of “addictive” features on the platform.
And she told LBC: “For parents, I would just think, unless you’re very sure just don’t let your kids on SnapChat.”
The striking intervention came just weeks after a bombshell report claimed half of the country’s 11 year-olds use apps such as Snapchat and Instagram despite a supposed 13 year-old limit.
Ms Longfield was taking part in a radio debate on cyber-bullying and the kids using social media aids.
She told LBC that Snapchat was particularly worrying because of a “streaks” feature where users have to connect with pals daily or lose their online ‘friendship’.
She said: “Some schools are banning Snapchat. Parents will often ban Snapchat.
“It’s Snapchat that has particularly addictive elements where you have to streak with friends and to keep in friendship.
“There’s a lot to be explained there and certainly I’m seeking a meeting with Snapchat.
“They did agree to meet with me, but that fell through for a number of reasons. But they have agreed to meet with me and these are the things I want to be putting to them.”
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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat all claims that users must be 13 to download their app. But none demand proof of age.
And an Ofcom report at the end of November said 51 per cent of 12 year-olds have a social media account, along with 46 per cent of 11 year-olds.
Referring to the findings, John Carr, secretary of the UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, said: “There is a gigantic amount of blind eye turning.
“They know that around the world are tens of millions of children on their websites, and they choose to do nothing about it because they don’t have to do anything about it.”
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Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5310411/kids-should-be-banned-from-using-snapchat-by-their-parents-childrens-watchdog-warns/