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When to Let Your Child Have a Social Media Account

If you are considering when to let your child have a social media account, consider the following questions.

Children today are learning how to use electronic devices at very young ages and they have been waiting to get on social media. Most social media platforms state that children under the age of 13 are not allowed to have an account with their site. 

However, studies show that 3% of children under the age of 13 have lied about their age and created social media accounts on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. 

Still, a child’s age is not the only factor that should determine whether they are ready to handle having a social media account or not. If you are considering when to let your child have a social media account, consider the following questions:

Is Your Child Mature Enough to Have a Social Media Account? 

This isn’t about them being at least 13 years old. This is about them being confident enough to handle social media. Social media is full of altered photos that can have horrible effects on children’s body image. 

This is especially true of children who are going through the sensitive stage of puberty. If you are worried about how your child will begin to see themselves after seeing a social media platform full of airbrushed models, they probably are not ready to have a social media account. 

Photos are not the only thing that may make your child insecure. Social media tends to turn into a competition of who can post the best content and get the most likes. If you are concerned your child will begin to doubt themselves if they don’t get so many likes on their posts, you probably should not let them have a social media account yet. 

Does Your Child Have a Lot of Friends? 

Do they tend to get along with most people their age? Social media can be full of drama. Even the smallest fights can be seen by strangers or become public news. If your child tends to get involved in a lot of fights or doesn’t get along with people their age in real life, they shouldn’t have a social media account yet. 

Do You Trust Your Child? 

Do they come to you when they have a problem or do they lie and hide things from you? There is a difference between rebelling like an average child or teenager and outright disobeying your parents. 

Before you let your child have a social media account, they should prove that you can trust them. If they aren’t willing to talk to you about their day or their problems at school, then they shouldn’t be on social media yet. Why should they be able to post about serious issues if they can’t talk to you about them first? 

Does Your Child Know About Sex? 

Do they understand the difference between appropriate and inappropriate conversations? It is disappointing that this is a requirement for your child to have a social media account, but the internet is full of potential dangers. 

Social media lets predators get even closer to children than they used to be able to. Be sure to talk to your child about the dangers of talking to people they don’t know or sending pictures to strangers. There’s no telling who may or may not be who they say they are online.

At the end of the day, it is up to you as the parent to determine when you think your child is ready for social media. If you ask yourself these questions, you will be better able to decide when to let your child have a social media account.

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