Social Media for Kids Recommendations and Laws
When we talk about Social Media, Facebook’s terms and conditions state that “You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.” According to sunshineandhurricanes.com, despite this fact, more than 38% of kids on Facebook are under the age of 13. In addition to this, according to a 2010 study by Internet security firm AVG, 81% of children around the world have an online presence before the age of 2. In the United States, that figure jumps to 92%. I believe that, today, the numbers are even bigger.
The main thing we should all take into consideration when we allow our kids, younger brothers or relatives to join Social Media is that they don’t have the ability, at this age, to distinguish good from bad or to understand how the big world of social media can affect them. A child is a victim of this world wide network through the unfiltered information that he receives.
PINTEREST – “Any use or access by anyone under the age of 13 is prohibited.”
INSTAGRAM – “You must be at least 13 years old to use the Service.”
TWITTER – “Our Services are not directed to persons under 13.” and “We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.”
YOUTUBE – “In order to create a YouTube account, we require users to confirm that they are at least 13 years old. Users who enter any age younger than 13 will be prohibited from creating YouTube accounts.”
by London Scout
Photos of your child on Social Media
I am just trying to understand why there are so many parents who post photos with their children even before they got born. There are some simple rights which every human being has no matter the age, nationality or statute. And these are:
- The right to identity.
- The right to opinion.
- The right to protection and security of person.
- The right of protection of physical integrity.
- The right to privacy.
As we all have the right to live, we all have the right of privacy. In addition, when you post a photo with you baby on your Facebook profile or, even worst, on his or her Facebook profile, you are violating his or her right to privacy and identity. Would you like that someone violate your rights?! If it’s your child, this does not mean that you have the right to violate his/her own rights.
Technology is everywhere
Moreover, the photo with your child posted on internet can go anywhere and everyone has access to it. Here is a sad story about how your intention of posting photos with your children can lead to something totally different. There is also a trend nowadays regarding parents need to share info about their children named sharenting. According to Wikipedia, sharenting (or oversharenting) is a term used to describe the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children.It is related to the concept of “too much information”.
by Juan Galafa
What can you do?
First of all, think twice before you want to share something about your child/sibling/relative. Put yourself in his/her shoes and ask yourself if you would agree with that information/post/sharing. Secondly, make sure that the photo you share/post/send is safe and seen only by those persons you agree. And, of course, better try to spend more time with your child, even though you play together on a smartphone or outside. Also, constantly explain to your child what Social Media involves and what are the consequences of having a Social Media account, identity etc.
Here you can find an online app that offers you guidance for your family safety through limit applications and internet usage.
Also, as parent, don’t forget that, in the end, you are a role-model for your child. Stay safe, keep them safe!
Sources: sunshineandhurricanes.com, wikipedia.org, pbs.org, ourpact.com