'App developers aren't regulated': Digital activist talks game-changing age estimation technology

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"A lot of parents we chat to say that they just follow what their fellow parents do. The fact is that smartphones and tablets are designed for adults". (Rodion Kutsaev/Unsplash)
"A lot of parents we chat to say that they just follow what their fellow parents do. The fact is that smartphones and tablets are designed for adults". (Rodion Kutsaev/Unsplash)

According to research, by the time a child is 11, they will have accidentally been exposed to online porn. 

For her then nine-year-old son, Kate Farina discovered it happened while on a playdate. The experience got the environmental lawyer turned family digital wellness activist started on "a lot of research on 'what to do when your child has seen porn', but it was a silver lining", she says. 

Thankful that she had already begun her digital agency, Be In Touch, at the time, Farina says it had turned her onto the notion that "digital parenting is about building a village". 

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