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Kant Stop the Kidfluencers: Moral Considerations in Using Children as Social Media Influencers
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Human Rights and Democracy, Department of Human Rights and Democracy.
2023 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The practice of "kidfluencing," or using children as social media influencers to promote commercial products and services, raises ethical concerns about the commodification of childhood, them being viewed as products, and their rights falling between the gaps. This essay critically examines the moral dilemmas and challenges in regulating kidfluencing practices from a Kantian and virtue ethics perspective, analyzing the implications of commodifying childhood and the potential harm it can cause. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is used as a framework for evaluating the moral interests of children in the context of kidfluencing practices. Arguments for and against regulating kidfluencing practices and the challenges and dilemmas in achieving effective and consistent regulation are presented. The essay concludes with a summary acknowledging the limitations and the need for further research.

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2023. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
Kidfluencing, child influencers, social media, ethics, Kantian ethics, virtue ethics, the commodification of childhood, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, consent, advertising, regulations, limitations, children's rights, argumentative
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Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1895DiVA, id: diva2:1762503
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Human Rights
Educational program
Master’s Program in Human Rights
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Available from: 2023-06-13 Created: 2023-06-03 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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