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Fahmi Fadzil gets support in move to prevent kids from owning social media accounts

Fahmi Fadzil gets support in move to prevent kids from owning social media accounts

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The Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia (Content Forum) has expressed full support for a call made by communications minister Fahmi Fadzil and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for parents to ensure that children under the age of 13 do not have their own social media accounts. 

It added in a statement that children are only given access to devices and online content under appropriate supervision and monitoring. This is because children under 13 may not fully comprehend the risks involved in using social media.

Without proper supervision, they can fall victim to unsafe activities such as scams, cyberbullying, or harmful interactions, said Content Forum. 

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In addition, social media trends and challenges can pose risk to children who fear missing out and the desire to go viral. Some trends, added Content Forum, are dangerous. 

Social media also exposes children to inappropriate or distressing content, such as violence, explicit imagery, or hateful messages. This can have negative effects on their emotional and psychological development, added Content Forum. 

Lastly, it said that children are more likely to share personal information openly on social media platforms. This is because children do not yet understand the dangers and risks that may arise. This can open the door to privacy breaches or of them sharing information to those with malicious intents.

"The Content Forum encourages parents to be aware of the risks and dangers present on social media, especially for children. It is important for parents and guardians to communicate openly with their children about social media use, and ensure they understand the necessary safety measures," it said in a statement. 

Earlier on Sunday, Fahmi reminded parents to ensure that their children under 13 do not own any social media accounts. The minister reportedly said this because the commission found that it was not appropriate for children under 13 to use any social media.

Speaking at the Lembah Pantai Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House 2024, the minister reportedly said that the MCMC will shut down accounts by children under 13. This includes accounts on platforms such as TikTok, Facebook and Instagram amongst others. 

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