Conservative MP John Whittingdale is leading an inquiry into how safe social networking sites are for children and recently met with Bebo’s head of safety. Things didn’t quite go to plan though…
John Whittingdale – What age would you say is appropriate to join Bebo?
Rosie O’Connell – Legally you have to be 13 to join Bebo.
JW – My daughter is 12 and she’s been on Bebo for at least 18 months. I think every single one of her friends is and she spends hours on there. It’s universal, way below 13. Do you think that’s inappropriate?
ROC – When parents report to us that their child is underage then we’ll delete the account.
JW – So my daughter shouldn’t be on Bebo?
Don’t you think it’s wonderful that the safety of our children online is being championed by someone too lazy to spend five minutes out of a self professed eighteen months to check the terms and conditions of a website that his very young daughter spends hours everyday on? This is the man you’re entrusting your children’s safety to online people, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll give you the same tip that John Whittingdale should follow: Take an interest in your child.