Free, unsafe and legal: the internet in 2018

Free, unsafe and legal: the internet in 2018
Snapchat can be used as a weapon, but to kids it is first and foremost a tool of friendship and tribal belonging

Today’s kids may well look back with fondness on early 2018, when the internet was still a thrilling but dangerous and mostly-unregulated wonderland with possible hazards behind every click

At dinner on New Year’s Eve, we were talking about our children, as we do. A friend reminisced about how, when he was their age - ten or so - he used to play down on the Dart tracks at the bottom of his garden. We all laughed: it sounded both idyllically carefree and wantonly dangerous. Upstairs, the children were playing away, on Snapchat and Youtube and Musical.ly.

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