Instagram fined €405m over children’s data privacy
- Regulators have fined Instagram €405m for violating children’s privacy.
- The complaint regarded phone numbers and email addresses, following young people upgrading to business accounts to access analytical tools.
- Many did not realise this would make more of their data public.
- The NSPCC has said that it was a “major breach that had significant safeguarding implications”.
- Find out more on the BBC’s website.
Rising levels of unrestricted online access for children
- Research from CyberSafeKids has found there are rising levels of unrestricted access to smart phones, online access and social media for children under the age of 12.
- The study found 95% of 8 to 12 year olds own their own smart device.
- 87% had their own social media accounts, despite many apps imposing higher age restrictions.
- You can read more about this major survey on the Irish Examiner’s website.
‘Doomscrolling’ linked to poor physical and mental health
- New research has suggested that ‘doomscrolling’, or the consistent urge to scroll online (despite there being sad, disheartening, or depressing news) can lead to poor mental and physical health outcomes.
- Previous research had found that the act has rapidly increased since the onset of the pandemic.
- Health impacts included greater stress levels, anxiety and poor health.
- It is suggested the 24-hour-news cycle could leave some individuals in a “constant state of high alert”.
- For more information, go to the Guardian’s website.