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Privacy Protection of Children and Minors on Facebook: Parents' Habits and Experiences

Tanja Grmuša orcid id ; Poslovno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Ana Marguerite Tomulić orcid id ; Hrvatska gospodarska komora, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Vedrana Anđelić orcid id ; Hrvatski zavod za hitnu medicinu, Zagreb, Hrvatska

Puni tekst: hrvatski pdf 1.395 Kb

str. 78-97

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Communication on the social media Facebook has become a kind of digital journal, in which the intimacy of an individual, his or her acquaintances and family members are exposed to (re)evaluation by the public (Jelavić, 2009), and the number of Facebook friends serves as a tool for measuring social capital (Krolo, 2015). The trend of posting photos of children and minors that their parents (un)intentionally share, often without the children's knowledge and consent, is on the rise, creating their digital identity and not caring about privacy protection and consequences (Gabelica Šupljika, 2009). Although there is much of talk about children's rights, and their implementation is regulated by numerous international regulations (Livingstone, O'Neill, 2014), the protection of children's privacy in the digital world still seems insufficient. In mid-2016, the European Parliament adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the application of which is binding for all EU member states as of 2018. According to the Regulation, children under the age of 13 or 16, depending on the national regulations of the member country, will not be able to access social media without parental consent. In this manner, an effort is being made to improve the protection of children and minors in the digital sphere, to strengthen media literacy, but also to strengthen the role of parents in the media upbringing of children. The paper will present the results of research conducted using the survey method among parents of Facebook users from the city of Zagreb. The aim of the research was to examine user preferences (habits) of Facebook among the parental population, to examine parents' awareness of the risks of communication on Facebook, to determine parents' knowledge of privacy protection mechanisms on Facebook, and to investigate parents' familiarity with GDPR, as well as their opinion on it.

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children, new media, Facebook, digital identity, parents, privacy protection, GDPR, media literacy

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