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Loughton: Parents Must Monitor Youngsters Online

  • BBC, Friday, April 27, 2012 3 AM

Children’s minister Tim Loughton says parents are helping their children set up under-age profiles on Facebook, a comment that came in a debate on “sexting.” Loughton, who has three teens himself, said, “Having a Facebook page, you should be at least 13 to do that. That is not legally enforceable”. Labour MP Ann Coffey urged the government and mobile phone companies to do more to combat "sexting" during a Westminster Hall debate. Loughton said the government took "very seriously our responsibility to ensure the response in all areas of child protection and safeguarding is as effective as possible".

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