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Kuwaiti prosecutor seeks to protect kids on social media
December 10, 2018, 5:35 pm

Kuwait's attorney general has called for strict guidelines to ensure that children are adequately protected from the potential dangers associated with social media. Chief among the new guidelines is introducing age restrictions requiring social media users to be at least 13 years of age, the Kuwaiti justice ministry cited Dharar Al-Asousi as saying in a statement on Monday.

It strictly prohibited the commercial exploitation of children on social media websites, with the exception of "positive advertisements" for products that usually bear the likeness of kids. Examples of positive adverts usually deal with philanthropic deeds, healthcare and education, all of which leave a lasting impression on the lives of children, the statement clarified. Any material deemed as an invasion of privacy or an intrusion into the personal lives of children is not allowed, in addition to the exploitation of children for financial gain, it added. Such topics usually create fodder for conversation that steers away from proper decorum instead of depicting exceptional and talented children in a positive light, the statement explained. The Kuwaiti justice ministry went on to say that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure that these guidelines are strictly enforced.

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