When should children be allowed to start using social media
How young is too young?
Most social media apps have a minimum age requirement of 13 to be in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. But yet popular sites like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat do not enforce this. When signing up children just have to pick a birth year that makes them at least 13 years old, and off they go! There is no one monitoring this from my experiences. My niece who is 11 years old is proof of just how easy it is to set up social media accounts. She created an Instagram and Snapchat account just over a year ago and post pictures regularly of herself and her friends, and no one from Instagram or Snapchat has ever questioned her age.
So that brings me to my next concern. Are parents actually monitoring what their children are doing o social media?
In my opinion most are not, or there would not be so much cyber bullying. When my children were younger, the only way they were allowed to have social media accounts was to provide with passwords and that I had to be their “friend” on their accounts as well. That way I could always be able to see what they post. The reasoning I gave them for having their passwords was so that any time I could log into their accounts to see their pictures or posts and that if there was anything even mildly inappropriate they would automatically lose the privilege of using social media. Just ask my son how well this worked out for him? No exceptions, and only one chance! I have been told by other parents that my rules seem too strict, but my ids have also never been in trouble on social media. So I guess the rules work!
Another big issue for me is the number of predators preying on children using social media. Children can meet and communicate with strangers online and become easy prey for internet predators. We as parents have an image of a “creep” lurking around a school yard or playground looking for their next victim. But in actuality they are in our homes! They are hiding behind a screen! Parents need to always monitor their children’s internet activity and know about and be aware of all their friends and followers. So this has raised a couple more questions for me regarding socila medai and children.
Do we need to have more effective rules regarding social media and children?
What more can we do as parents to keep our children safe on social media?
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What more can we do to keep our children safe on social media?