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We all know how difficult it can be to shut down our social media apps and step away from our devices. Another parchment, we say to ourselves. Just a last glimpse of a link. And then all of a sudden we’re at the bottom of the rabbit hole of another food.

These applications are addictive by design. We know it. And we know very well who makes up a lot of our weaknesses. (Hello, Mark Zuckerberg!) But we still can’t help ourselves.

So if we adults are seemingly helpless in the face of such digital temptation, where does that leave our children?

In the opinion video above, the kids tell us what they know about how the internet works (not a lot) and how much they use it (a lot).

“I think I want to get away from this thing,” admits a young girl, “but then I’m just like, ‘No! No more YouTube! More Instagram! No more TikTok! ‘ “

And while kids experience this kind of dopamine rush, tech companies – in an effort to maximize engagement and, therefore, profits – are collecting their data without their explicit consent while exposing them to adult content. and the corrosive judgment of peers.

In the United States, online privacy regulations designed to protect young children are either woefully outdated or easily bypassed. But pending legislation introduced in May by Senators Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, would update those rules by banning targeted advertising aimed at children and raising the age of Internet users whose data can not be collected without their consent from 12 to 15, among other measures.

It is time, we argue, for the government to modernize national internet privacy rules and do a much better job of protecting younger internet explorers from harm.

nytimes Gt

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