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Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Conference 2017

Children and Digital Rights: Regulating Freedoms and Safeguards

Child playing on a tablet in the dark
The Internet provides children with more freedom to communicate, learn, create, share, and engage with society than ever before.

The Internet provides children with more freedom to communicate, learn, create, share, and engage with society than ever before. For instance, research by Ofcom in 2016 found that 72% of young teenagers (twelve to fifteen) in the UK have social media accounts which are often used for homework groups. 20% of the same group have made their own digital music and 30% have used the Internet for civic engagement by signing online petitions, or sharing and talking online about the news.