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Capacity to make decisions about using the internet

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The development of the internet and social media has fundamentally changed the way in which people exchange information and engage with society.

Use of the internet and social media is said to be of particular importance for people with disabilities, as it can offer opportunities for social inclusion, learning new skills and enhanced autonomy.

However, using the internet and social media can also expose vulnerable people to the risk of abuse and predatory behaviour and the risks associated with accessing inappropriate content. It is therefore important that, when a person lacks the mental capacity to make decisions regarding their use of the internet and social media, steps are taken to ensure that their access to social media or the internet is managed in their best interests.

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