aNewDomain — We all made mistakes when we were kids. Luckily, there was no Internet back then. All the stupid things kids are doing these days will be memorialized online, thanks to social media, and probably played at their funerals 60 or 70 years from now. Do those actions have a right to be forgotten?
It’s not too late to give kids and teens a second chance. Many don’t really understand, care or want to think about the consequences of posting dumb partying videos, racy material or videos and pictures that capture them doing something just plain stupid.
Various initiatives abroad have given kids the right to be forgotten. The US would be wise to put the same “right to be forgotten” initiatives and technologies in place. Online companies and social nets in the US typically collect data on everyone for revenue-sweetening purposes. But in doing so, they kill the chance of a clean slate for kids and teens. Any content posted before a kid turns 18 should be erasable — and wipeable. Check out the infographic below for more on this topic. Double click to enlarge.
Infographic courtesy: OnlineClasses.org, All Rights Reserved.