In Europe WhatsApp is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month. And in South Africa the age they’re considering is 18. But besides the privacy issue, there are other areas not being discussed by Big Tech.
The psychological, emotional, social, mental & physical issues relating to premature adoption of social media by children & teens are well-documented .
But less well understood is that most children access social media wirelessly, using tools like WhatsApp, Instagram & FB to share photos and videos, thereby greatly contributing to the load on existing wireless networks and driving the need for exponentially more infrastructure – cellmasts, antennae, boosters & WiFi infrastructure.
It is possible to access these social-media applications via cabled PCs but few children (or adults) know how to do that or even why this inconvenience is necessary. In many places the (measured) background levels of electromagnetic radiation is now over a trillion times what it was several decades ago, with serious ecological implications.