Fury over parents being given 'access to their kids' Facebook accounts' in Oz
Sydney, July 22 (ANI): Kids in Australia may soon be forced to use Facebook under the supervision of their parents.
Ways to force the social networking site to give parents access to their kids' profiles is being discussed by state and federal attorneys-general in a meeting.
The idea was first proposed by a South Australian Family First MP, Dennis Hood, and is being championed by South Australian Attorney-General John Rau. Rau argued that giving parents assistance to supervise their children on Facebook would help protect against online predators and limit access to unsuitable material.
But Susan McLean, who was Victoria Police's first cyber safety officer and is now an online safety consultant, said the proposal was "ill informed and it shows a total lack of understanding of what the internet is".
"It's not Facebook's fault that there are problems on Facebook. You can't legislate against stupidity or poor parenting or anything like that," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted McLean as saying.
"It would be nice but it can't be done and it breaks down any level of trust that you should be trying to develop with your kids," added McLean.
McLean also said that implementing the proposals would be impossible.
"Say we get this law that says parents are allowed to access their kids facebook accounts, how am I going to prove that I'm your mother?," she said.
"It's totally unworkable because there is nothing on the Internet that allows anyone to age and identity verify anyone, so that's where it's going to fall down in the first place.
"Secondly, American companies aren't necessarily obliged to obey Australian law. Thirdly, tech savvy kids will set up two accounts - here's the one mum can see and here's the one where I do whatever it is I wanna do on it," she added. (ANI)
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