Letter to the Editor: Parents should worry about children’s online activity

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It is said many thousands of internet, social media platform content moderators are liable to be traumatised after six or so months of moderation and are let go.

Therefore we can be concerned about 8- to 10-year-olds accessing horrible online content. We should be concerned for the well-being of everyone exposed to awful content online.

Trillion-dollar share-valued data Corps’ can say they provide platforms for data sharing and aren’t publishers. Those platforms can have 2tn or more users. Data Corps’ have an interest in having as many users as possible on platforms, It’s not unreasonable to think that children will go on seeking online for repugnant online material.

There comes the double-whammy in which all is surveilled online and those children will be equally liable to be surveilled. Online surveillance is absolutely real.

For children’s welfare and futures parents and guardians should be extremely concerned at such implications.

Whilst we still might do so, we need to regulate such trillion-dollar data corporations to prevent children lacking understanding having horrible experiences in childhood online and of facing prospects of blighted futures, when their data is retrieved.

Keep in mind artificial intelligence surveillance is upon us (it is now available in China, also at present selling 18 systems of population surveillance and control abroad), so is ongoing data-harvesting by data Corps’ with exponentially increasing data-storage and data-mining and retrieval.

In this regard, we can afford to be extremely concerned to protect our children whilst we still can. the EU still offers some hope about regulation for citizens.

Tom Ryan


Co Limerick

This reader's opinion was originally published in the letters page of the Irish Examiner print edition on May 25, 2019.

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