What’s The Appropriate Age For Children To Get Involved In Social Media?
Basically, a person is considered to be a child of he’s still within the age of 1-12years then a teenager is between 13-19years; anyone above 19 is called a youth and then by the age of 30, that person is called and adult.
Some years back, it’s a taboo for children to be given full access to the internet. However, this is not the case of the children we have in this digital age. Kids below the age of 5 years now have access to the internet and so all manners of things (both helpful and harmful). Children this days are fast growing both physically, intellectually, morally, and other wise; we see kids doing things way beyond their age.
This has raised so many issue today as children as been exposed to “adult contents” which is considered harmful to them.
The question is, what’s the appropriate age for children to get involved in social media platforms?
Just the way we interact with our friends, they too wants to do the same. On the contrary, they cannot be totally hindered of this privilege, what restrictions can be made to curb it’s negative influence to them should be the action to be taken.
Since you might not be able to stop them, be an active part in helping them set up a social media account and try to guide them through it. Set boundaries on things they should see and let them know the dangerous impact of posting just anything they feel like.
The Four Cardinal Steps For Children Safety On Social Media by Rev. Ramsey Ogagaoghene Jeffrey
The steps are guiding your child’s social media from the start, keeping tabs on content, creating boundaries for your child and accessing potential problems.
1. Decide which site they can join:
Monitoring may start before your child even has a social media accounts. Figure out how to use the sites and become familiar with them. Decide whether your child is mature enough to use them responsibly. Some social media sites are geared towards adults, not children. Content may pop up that is not appropriate for your child, so make sure you give them a safe platform to use. For example, Yoursphere ( a kids social network) is designed specifically for children's safety and privacy. Most social media platforms have age restrictions upon sig- up like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.
2. Create an email account for your child:
Many large providers for email allow children to have email addresses. You can help your young child create their own email address and adjust the settings to have all emails forwarded to you. This can help you monitor their Communication and contacts.
3. Children must be 13 or older in order to have a Google or Yahoo account.
Keep in mind that most Communications between Teens will happen through direct private messages on their social media account(s). Set up an account together, go through the site privacy settings and talk about why somethings are owk to have and why some are not.
4. Look for inappropriate activity:
Keep your eyes out for inappropriate photos, disrespectful language, bullying, or words and images meant to hurt or offend others. Also make sure that your child knows that sending nude photos can be considered disturbing and could be prosecuted for it. Check their messages or chat; this will help you monitor their activities
5. Ask for their social media account passwords:
With a much Younger child, you may wish to have their password and check on theirs activity. This can help make them accountable for engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior, sharing inappropriate photos or personal information, or perpetuating cyberbullying.
6. Friend or Follow your child:
Another way to monitor your child’s activity in a less invasive way than having their passwords is to friend or Follow them. Just like you monitor your child’s television programs, this is another way to monitor their activities on social media.
7. Have the computer in an open place:
Consider not allowing computer or cellphone usage only in your child’s bedroom. Only allow them to interact with social media in am open and more public location in your home. But if you allow your child their own laptop or smartphone, set the parameters for use and remind them that using it is a privilege not a right.
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