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To mark Safer Internet Day on 7th February 2023, our voters explored the nature and purpose of influencer culture online. They discussed how influencers make money through advertising and social media and the effects this can have on the young people who consume their content. Finally, they decided whether influencers are responsible for negative online repercussions or if online harm is outside their level of control.
"Influencers are not responsible for our safety because it isn't their job to keep us safe. We should be able to make safe decisions ourselves or with the help of parents and carers.”
"Influencers can try to get people to buy things, or do things, but people have their own minds and make their own decisions so we can't blame the influencers.”
“We shouldn't blame them completely for online harm as they [are] just following trends however we shouldn't forget the harm they are causing to young followers and should be making them aware of their influential power they have especially on young children and teens."