Facebook parenting page

As most of our children live a substantial part of their lives on social media and Facebook is one of the most important ones, they have decided to offer parents, especially ones who are not advanced users of their social media service, a special site, Parents Portal. EPA has started working with Facebook Europe to ensure that their service offer and the wishes of parents for the safety of their children online are aligned.

Please spend a few minutes on the following survey. Facebook wishes to learn more about parents' knowledge, attitudes and concerns, and adjust their services accordingly. The survey is available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KJT5SMC

They are open to our approach that is against restrictions, but aks for an approach that ensure the rights of children, especially their right to privacy. On the one hand it rules out all direct parental controls, but on the other hand it demands empowerment and the right to have data deleted permanently upon request for all minors, everybody under 18.

In our view the Parents Portal in its current state is not well-know and not yet totally useful for parents, but based on your survey answers that Facebook is ready to share with us, EPA and Facebook will join forces to improve it.

Let me take this opportunity to recall that one of the main concerns regarding Facebook is that their regulations regarding minors are not in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but a US law, COPPA, and thus the right of children under 13 for the freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly are not ensured.

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