Should a Child 13 and Under Use Social Media?
A child younger than 13 years old should NOT be using social media tools, even with their parents permission. Many children don’t realize the dangers that are lurking on the Internet. A child doesn’t realize that they could potentially be talking to someone they don’t even know. The person that is chatting with your child, might not be a child, but a child predator. A young child even with boundaries, may not tell you about their online connections. They are also not at the age where they can deal with these types of situations.
Should a Child Over the Age of 13 be Allowed to Use Social Media?
A child over the age of 13, can legally have an account on Facebook and other social media tools. However, as a parent I feel that even at 13 my child is still very naive and doesn’t realize all of the dangers that can happen on the Internet. As a parent you should constantly remind them that the Internet should be used with caution and that they need to tell you if something doesn’t seem right, such as cyber bullying, inappropriate conversations, photos, ect. I will discuss some of these topics in a later post.
To be Continued: Teach Your Child the Dangers That Lurk on the Internet – Part 2.
Do you monitor your child’s internet activity?