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Jenny Afia, a privacy lawyer and partner at Schillings law firm in London, speaks at least three languages: English, lawyerese, and teen.
"The situation is serious," Afia said. "Young people are unwittingly giving away personal information, with no real understanding of who is holding that information, where they are holding it and what they are going to do with it."
The Children's Commissioner for England issued the report, written by a task force of technology, legal and policy experts. The report includes standards for children's rights online, including the right to privacy.
"The internet is an extraordinary force for good but it was not designed with children in mind," it says, noting that children are spending more time on the internet each year. For example, the report said, 12 to 15 year olds now spend more than 20 hours a week online.
The task force recommended that government take a larger role in educating children and protecting them online. Among other measures, the report called for simpler terms and conditions by digital providers offering services to children.
The report included teenagers' responses about their understanding of the terms and conditions of use on Instagram. They replied generally:
"Do we have to read this whole thing?" "Are you sure this is necessary?" "Boring. It doesn't make any sense." "It takes like 10 minutes to read each sentence."
"Don't bully or say anything horrible about people." "We can force you to give up your username for any reason." "We can change these rules whenever we like by posting an update on Instagram whether you notice it or not."
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