Children under 10 are using social media. Parents can help them stay safe online (2022)

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Children under 10 are using social media. Parents can help them stay safe online (1)

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(CNN)It's not just your teens who are on social media anymore. Younger kids are getting on those apps, and some parents aren't confident that their children can stay safe online.

About half of parents of children ages 10 to 12 and 32% of parents of kids ages 7 to 9 reported their child used social media apps in the first six months of this year, according to the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health published Monday.

"There continues to be debate over how soon is too soon when it comes to using social apps and how parents should oversee it," said Mott Poll codirector Sarah Clark, a research scientist in pediatrics at the University of Michigan, in a statement. "Our poll looks at how often tweens and younger children use social platforms and how closely parents are monitoring these interactions."

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    Nearly one-third of parents of children ages 7 to 9 reported their kids used social media apps in the first six months of 2021.

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    The findings are "further evidence that children under 13 are eager to use social media platforms, for whatever reasons -- entertainment, celebrity, connecting with friends, or being drawn in by the engagement-promoting design common on these sites," said Dr. Jenny Radesky, an assistant professor of developmental behavioral pediatrics at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, via email. Radesky wasn't involved in the poll.

      When deciding which apps were appropriate for their child, more than 60% of parents considered whether the apps had parent controls, were rated appropriate for their child's age group or were needed for their child's schooling. Between 51% to 66% of parents used parental blocks on certain sites, parent approval for new contacts, privacy settings, daily time limits and a passcode for certain content.

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      Many parents also had concerns about their child's abilities to safely navigate social media apps. Some worried their child might share private information without realizing it, encounter sexual predators, see mature images or videos, or not be able to discern what information was true or false. Nearly 50% of parents with social media-using kids weren't confident that their child would be able to tell whether another user was an adult or kid, which can be difficult to discern, according to the report.

      The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act requires operators of apps and other online services to provide parental control options over release of private information, the poll authors wrote. But 17% of parents of children using social media apps said they didn't use any parental controls -- for reasons such as not being able to find the information they needed to set up parental controls, thinking that monitoring their child's use of social media apps was too time-consuming, or considering it a waste of time because children find ways to bypass parental controls.

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        "Parents are at such an utter state of burnout at this point of the pandemic, so it's completely reasonable that they feel a sense of overwhelm or futility in trying to keep up with social media platforms that are powered by billions of dollars in revenue and enormous data analytic capacity," Radesky said.

        However, if "parents are allowing younger children to engage in social media, they should take responsibility for making the child's online environment as safe as possible," Clark said, no matter how inconvenient. "If parents can't commit to taking an active role in their child's social media use, they should have their child wait to use these apps."

        Helping your child stay safe online

        That these children's social media use could have included child-friendly versions or sections of apps is possible, the authors wrote. Also, some apps made specifically for young kids have tried to limit safety risks by restricting features such as posting photos or using private chats, or by offering usage reports for parents.

        For parents considering letting their child use certain social media apps, research them first, Clark advised. "Parents should look into whether the content is curated to allow only youth-friendly programming or whether there is a moderator that weeds out inappropriate content," she said. "They should also utilize parental blocks or passcodes for certain sites or content."

        For resources on managing children's social media use, Radesky recommended parents visit the age range-based guidance on Common Sense Media, an independent advocacy organization providing expert reviews, research and tools to help parents, educators and advocates ensure children's digital well-being.

        Parents can also consult information collected by the creators of the film "Screenagers" and included in the weekly blog by physician Dr. Delaney Ruston, the filmmaker of the movie, Radesky said. The blog is "worth following" to figure out ways to talk to your kids about what can often be thorny and tough to discuss with teens, Radesky added.

        Regarding how parents can discuss their social media-related concerns in ways that might resonate with their kids, Radesky suggested "talking about newsworthy topics like the Facebook Files. Kids will want to know when they are being taken advantage of, and it might help spur a conversation about when tech companies are crossing a line."

        Whenever Radesky's young sons are allowed to have social media accounts, she'll frequently debrief them about whether the body image content they're seeing online is inappropriate, exploitative or disturbing, she said.

        There are also potential solutions for parents unsure of whether their child can distinguish between an adult and child, or between truth and misinformation. "Encourage children not to respond to direct messages or posts from people they don't know, even if that person says they are a child," Radesky said.

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        And "so much of social media content is aggrandized, filtered, or tweaked in some way to gain more 'engagement' in the recommendations feed. Teaching children to have a healthy dose of skepticism when looking at any recommendations feed is crucial right now," Radesky said. "Children can gain those skills, but they will need support from parents and teachers."

        Education works, the poll found. Parents whose children had been taught by their schools about safe social media use were more confident in their children's social media-related discernment, according to the poll's results. This suggests that school-based digital literacy and citizenship curricula might be transferring to home life or sparking more fruitful conversations between parents and kids, Radesky said.

        "It's also possible that children who are lucky enough to attend schools that teach digital citizenship are also in higher socioeconomic status neighborhoods, where parents may feel more self-efficacy around technology management," Radesky added.

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        "In my 2016 study interviewing parents from lower-income, suburban, academic, and technology company backgrounds, the latter two groups felt much more empowered to handle these types of complex conversations and rule-setting," she said.

          Below is information for setting up available parental or safety controls on popular social media platforms:

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          FAQs

          How can parents protect their kids from social media? ›

          Get online family protection. Programs that provide parental controls can block websites, enforce time limits, monitor the websites your child visits, and their online conversations. Follow your child's online accounts, and tell them that you are monitoring their online activity to help keep them safe.

          Why kids under 10 should not have social media? ›

          Social media can negatively affect teens by distracting them, disrupting their sleep, and exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, and peer pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. There are also correlations between high levels of social media use and anxiety and depression among teens.

          What social media is safe for 10 year olds? ›

          And it offers a list of some recommended social network sites for kids:
          • ScuttlePad (2010) Age 7+ ...
          • Togetherville (2010) Age 7+ ...
          • WhatsWhat.me (2011) Age7+ ...
          • Yoursphere (2009) Age 9+ ...
          • Franktown Rocks (2009) Age 10+ ...
          • GiantHello (2010) Age 10+ ...
          • GirlSense (2009) Age 10+ ...
          • Sweety High (2010) Age 11+
          Jul 11, 2011

          Should 10 year olds have social media? ›

          In response to the latest social media platforms and the trends that accompany them, parents should not allow their kids to get social media until after the age of 13, at the very least.

          What is the benefits of social media to the parents? ›

          Nearly 60 per cent of parents said they use online platforms to find parenting information and advice, 82 per cent indicated social media helped stay connected with grandparents and 24 per cent noted they use it to seek emotional support for parenting issues.

          What are the benefits of social media? ›

          Here are five benefits of using social media:
          • Build relationships. Social media is not just about brands connecting with their customers. ...
          • Share your expertise. Social media gives you an opportunity to talk about what you know and what you want to be known for. ...
          • Increase your visibility. ...
          • Educate yourself. ...
          • Connect anytime.
          Apr 22, 2014

          Should parents limit the use of social media? ›

          Children and teens who spend more time with social media or who sleep with mobile devices in their rooms are at greater risk for sleep problems. Exposure to light (particularly blue light) and stimulating content from screens can delay or disrupt sleep, and have a negative effect on school.

          What are the safest social media? ›

          11 Safest Social Networks Ranked & Reasoned
          • Signal.
          • Keybase.
          • Telegram.
          • Mastodon.
          • Snapchat.
          • Steemit.
          • Minds.
          • Element.

          Is Instagram safe for a 10 year old? ›

          How old should kids be to use Instagram? According to the terms of service, you have to be 13, but there's no age-verification process, so it's very easy for kids under 13 to sign up. Common Sense rates Instagram for age 15 and up because of mature content, access to strangers, marketing ploys, and data collection.

          How do you stay safe online? ›

          How to Stay Safe Online
          1. Don't share personal information.
          2. Double-check and verify links.
          3. Use secure public Wi-Fi.
          4. Use a VPN.
          5. Be careful who you chat with.
          6. Turn off your Bluetooth.
          7. Use antivirus software.
          8. Use secure passwords.

          How can we keep children safe from online predators? ›

          1. Talk to your child about online predators. ...
          2. Discuss risky behavior. ...
          3. Spell out what a risky relationship is. ...
          4. Talk about the dangers of chat rooms. ...
          5. Warn your child about online flirting. ...
          6. Bring up sexy selfies. ...
          7. Be clear about offline safety rules, too. ...
          8. Consider surveillance software.

          How social media help children? ›

          Research being presented Tuesday finds that for 9- and 10-year-old children taking part in a study of brain development, greater social media use, such as scrolling through Instagram and texting, was associated with some positive effects, including increased physical activity, less family conflict and fewer sleep ...

          What are the 10 benefits of social media? ›

          Top 10 Benefits of Social Media in the Digital Era
          • Increasing Brand Activity.
          • Generate Online Traffic.
          • Staying Alive.
          • Better Conversion Rates.
          • Increasing Brand Loyalty.
          • Partnering up with Influencers.
          • Assessing the Competition.
          • Selectively Advertising.
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          What are 5 positives of social media? ›

          The Positive Effects of Social Media
          • Building Relationships and Staying Connected. Social media can make it easy to find groups of like-minded people or make new friends. ...
          • Finding Your Voice. ...
          • Showing Empathy and Kindness. ...
          • Offering Support. ...
          • Better Communication. ...
          • Spreading News. ...
          • Building a Business. ...
          • Establishing Authority.
          Nov 1, 2021

          Should parents control their children's activities on social media? ›

          The main reasons for not monitoring your teens social media activities are privacy and trust. Kids don't want their parents looking through personal information, texts, and social media posts. Many kids consider their smartphones sacred property not to be viewed by their parents.

          Why parents should control their children's access to the Internet? ›

          Parents should monitor their child's internet use because the internet is filled with unfiltered potential for kids to be exposed to harmful interactions like bullying and harassment, as well as inappropriate content.

          Should parents limit their children's use of technology? ›

          Researchers from the University of California, Davis, recommend that parents delay introducing their preschool children to mobile screens, such as smartphones and tablets. Share on Pinterest A new study suggests that children who use mobile devices from an early age are less able to self-regulate their behavior.

          Why you should be safe on social media? ›

          Security is as important for one's social network account as it is for their computer or any other account. Creating a strong password will prevent hackers from gaining access to one's account and using it to post spam or malicious attacks.

          Why is social media safety important? ›

          Safety is important as people can contact you via social media and gain access to your personal information through your social media page. This issue multiplies if you use and are active on multiple platforms.

          Is social media still safe? ›

          When you post personal information on social media you make yourself, your loved ones and even your physical belongings a target for local and online criminals. Avoid posting names, phone numbers, addresses, school and work locations, and other sensitive information as text or in a photo.

          What social media is safe for 11 year olds? ›

          In this feature, we take a look at four of most popular and secure social networking sites for children under 13 years of age.
          • Kidzworld. ...
          • GromSocial. ...
          • PopJam. ...
          • Messenger Kids.
          Jun 1, 2020

          Is TikTok safe for kids? ›

          Is TikTok appropriate for kids? If you supervise your kids, use safety settings, and stick to songs you already know, TikTok can be a kid-friendly experience. But TikTok's emphasis on popular music means many videos include swearing and sexual lyrics, so it may not be age-appropriate for kids to use on their own.

          Is TikTok safe for 9 year olds? ›

          Watch out for inappropriate content

          People of all ages use TikTok, and a lot of the videos involve lip-synching or dancing to pop hits. So, your child could come across swearing, scantily clad adults, and suggestive dancing.

          What can parents do to protect their child from the bad effect of media? ›

          Restrict access to television programming with excessive substance abuse and other inappropriate content. Limit younger children's exposure to PG-13 and R-rated movies. Watch media with your children and adolescents and discuss the content. Encourage non-media activities, and limit media time to two hours per day.

          How can parents reduce the negative effects of social media? ›

          Use In-App time management tools: Most apps and devices now have tools to help you manage the time spent in social media apps. Check them out and, if you're a parent, make sure you are making full use of parenting controls and/or third-party apps to manage your child's screen time.

          What can we do to prevent social media? ›

          6 Ways To Beat Social Media Addiction
          1. Social media addiction signs. ...
          2. #1 Turn off notifications. ...
          3. #2 Don't have your phone by you whilst you sleep. ...
          4. #3 Remove your phone from your morning routine. ...
          5. #4 Place less weight on your personal social media appearance. ...
          6. #5 Opt for analogue alternatives. ...
          7. #6 Digital detox.
          Oct 25, 2020

          Why parents should control their children's activities on social media? ›

          The main reasons for not monitoring your teens social media activities are privacy and trust. Kids don't want their parents looking through personal information, texts, and social media posts. Many kids consider their smartphones sacred property not to be viewed by their parents.

          How parents and teens can reduce the impact of social media? ›

          Aim to block the bully and report the behaviour to the social media platform. Create a family media plan to help manage social media use with options to create different guidelines for each teen. In the plan, promote healthy technology use habits with your teen. This includes not using technology too close to bed time.

          What can parents do to limit social media? ›

          Avoid exposure to devices or screens for 1 hour before bedtime. Do not let your children sleep with devices such as smartphones. Discourage entertainment media while doing homework. Plan media-free times together, such as family dinners.

          Why is social media important for youth? ›

          Social media allows teens to create online identities, communicate with others and build social networks. These networks can provide teens with valuable support, especially helping those who experience exclusion or have disabilities or chronic illnesses.

          What are the benefits of social media? ›

          Here are five benefits of using social media:
          • Build relationships. Social media is not just about brands connecting with their customers. ...
          • Share your expertise. Social media gives you an opportunity to talk about what you know and what you want to be known for. ...
          • Increase your visibility. ...
          • Educate yourself. ...
          • Connect anytime.
          Apr 22, 2014

          Is social media safe for youth? ›

          Social media can also pose risks. For your child, these risks include: being exposed to inappropriate or upsetting content, like mean, aggressive, violent or sexual comments or images. uploading inappropriate content, like embarrassing or provocative photos or videos of themselves or others.

          Why is social media is good? ›

          For many, social media appears to have a range of benefits. It provides a way for many of us to connect with others. We can support other people and feel supported by them. It may even be a useful way for those with social anxiety and those who have a hard time with face-to-face interactions to connect with others.

          Why is it important to stay safe on social media? ›

          Safety is important as people can contact you via social media and gain access to your personal information through your social media page. This issue multiplies if you use and are active on multiple platforms.

          Why is staying safe online Important? ›

          Most people store a lot of personal information on their computers. If you don't protect your computer properly when you're online, it's possible that personal details could be stolen or deleted without your knowledge. Your computer can be attacked in a number of ways over the internet.

          Young children have become familiar with social media apps, although some parents aren't fully confident that their children can stay safe online, a new poll has found. Here's how parents and educators can help ensure their children's online safety.

          Many parents also had concerns about their child's abilities to safely navigate social media apps.. Nearly 50% of parents with social media-using kids weren't confident that their child would be able to tell whether another user was an adult or kid, which can be difficult to discern, according to the report.. But 17% of parents of children using social media apps said they didn't use any parental controls -- for reasons such as not being able to find the information they needed to set up parental controls, thinking that monitoring their child's use of social media apps was too time-consuming, or considering it a waste of time because children find ways to bypass parental controls.. However, if "parents are allowing younger children to engage in social media, they should take responsibility for making the child's online environment as safe as possible," Clark said, no matter how inconvenient.. For parents considering letting their child use certain social media apps, research them first, Clark advised.. "Parents should look into whether the content is curated to allow only youth-friendly programming or whether there is a moderator that weeds out inappropriate content," she said.. Regarding how parents can discuss their social media-related concerns in ways that might resonate with their kids, Radesky suggested "talking about newsworthy topics like the Facebook Files .. Kids will want to know when they are being taken advantage of, and it might help spur a conversation about when tech companies are crossing a line.". And "so much of social media content is aggrandized, filtered, or tweaked in some way to gain more 'engagement' in the recommendations feed.. Parents whose children had been taught by their schools about safe social media use were more confident in their children's social media-related discernment, according to the poll's results.. "It's also possible that children who are lucky enough to attend schools that teach digital citizenship are also in higher socioeconomic status neighborhoods, where parents may feel more self-efficacy around technology management," Radesky added.. Below is information for setting up available parental or safety controls on popular social media platforms:. About half of parents of children ages 10 to 12 and 32% of parents of kids ages 7 to 9 reported their child used social media apps in the first six months of this year, according to the new C.S.. "There continues to be debate over how soon is too soon when it comes to using social apps and how parents should oversee it," said Mott Poll codirector Sarah Clark, a research scientist in pediatrics at the University of Michigan, in a statement .. Radesky wasn't involved in the poll.

          Younger kids are getting on social media apps, and some parents aren't confident that their children can stay safe online.

          Younger kids are getting on those apps, and some parents aren't confident that their children can stay safe online.. When deciding which apps were appropriate for their child, more than 60% of parents considered whether the apps had parent controls, were rated appropriate for their child's age group or were needed for their child's schooling.. Between 51% to 66% of parents used parental blocks on certain sites, parent approval for new contacts, privacy settings, daily time limits and a passcode for certain content.. Many parents also had concerns about their child's abilities to safely navigate social media apps.. Nearly 50% of parents with social media-using kids weren't confident that their child would be able to tell whether another user was an adult or kid, which can be difficult to discern, according to the report.. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act requires operators of apps and other online services to provide parental control options over release of private information, the poll authors wrote.. But 17% of parents of children using social media apps said they didn't use any parental controls -- for reasons such as not being able to find the information they needed to set up parental controls, thinking that monitoring their child's use of social media apps was too time-consuming, or considering it a waste of time because children find ways to bypass parental controls.. However, if "parents are allowing younger children to engage in social media, they should take responsibility for making the child's online environment as safe as possible," Clark said, no matter how inconvenient.. "If parents can't commit to taking an active role in their child's social media use, they should have their child wait to use these apps.". For parents considering letting their child use certain social media apps, research them first, Clark advised.. For resources on managing children's social media use, Radesky recommended parents visit the age range-based guidance on Common Sense Media, an independent advocacy organization providing expert reviews, research and tools to help parents, educators and advocates ensure children's digital well-being.. Parents whose children had been taught by their schools about safe social media use were more confident in their children's social media-related discernment, according to the poll's results.. Below is information for setting up available parental or safety controls on popular social media platforms:

          (CNN) It’s not just your teens who are on social media anymore. Younger kids are getting on those apps, and some parents aren’t confident that their children can stay safe online.

          “There continues to be debate over how soon is too soon when it comes to using social apps and how parents should oversee it,” said Mott Poll codirector Sarah Clark, a research scientist in pediatrics at the University of Michigan, in a statement .. Nearly one-third of parents of children ages 7 to 9 reported their kids used social media apps in the first six months of 2021.. Many parents also had concerns about their child’s abilities to safely navigate social media apps.. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act requires operators of apps and other online services to provide parental control options over release of private information, the poll authors wrote.. But 17% of parents of children using social media apps said they didn’t use any parental controls — for reasons such as not being able to find the information they needed to set up parental controls, thinking that monitoring their child’s use of social media apps was too time-consuming, or considering it a waste of time because children find ways to bypass parental controls.. However, if “parents are allowing younger children to engage in social media, they should take responsibility for making the child’s online environment as safe as possible,” Clark said, no matter how inconvenient.. “Parents should look into whether the content is curated to allow only youth-friendly programming or whether there is a moderator that weeds out inappropriate content,” she said.. And “so much of social media content is aggrandized, filtered, or tweaked in some way to gain more ‘engagement’ in the recommendations feed.. “It’s also possible that children who are lucky enough to attend schools that teach digital citizenship are also in higher socioeconomic status neighborhoods, where parents may feel more self-efficacy around technology management,” Radesky added.. Below is information for setting up available parental or safety controls on popular social media platforms:

          By Kristen Rogers, CNN It’s not just your teens who are on social media anymore. Younger kids are getting on those apps, and some parents aren’t confident that their children can stay safe online. About half of parents of children ages 10 to 12 and 32% of parents of kids ages 7 to 9 reported

          “Our poll looks at how often tweens and younger children use social platforms and how closely parents are monitoring these interactions.”. When deciding which apps were appropriate for their child, more than 60% of parents considered whether the apps had parent controls, were rated appropriate for their child’s age group or were needed for their child’s schooling.. Between 51% to 66% of parents used parental blocks on certain sites, parent approval for new contacts, privacy settings, daily time limits and a passcode for certain content.. Many parents also had concerns about their child’s abilities to safely navigate social media apps.. Nearly 50% of parents with social media-using kids weren’t confident that their child would be able to tell whether another user was an adult or kid, which can be difficult to discern, according to the report.. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act requires operators of apps and other online services to provide parental control options over release of private information, the poll authors wrote.. But 17% of parents of children using social media apps said they didn’t use any parental controls — for reasons such as not being able to find the information they needed to set up parental controls, thinking that monitoring their child’s use of social media apps was too time-consuming, or considering it a waste of time because children find ways to bypass parental controls.. “Parents are at such an utter state of burnout at this point of the pandemic, so it’s completely reasonable that they feel a sense of overwhelm or futility in trying to keep up with social media platforms that are powered by billions of dollars in revenue and enormous data analytic capacity,” Radesky said.. However, if “parents are allowing younger children to engage in social media, they should take responsibility for making the child’s online environment as safe as possible,” Clark said, no matter how inconvenient.. “If parents can’t commit to taking an active role in their child’s social media use, they should have their child wait to use these apps.”. For parents considering letting their child use certain social media apps, research them first, Clark advised.. For resources on managing children’s social media use, Radesky recommended parents visit the age range-based guidance on Common Sense Media, an independent advocacy organization providing expert reviews, research and tools to help parents, educators and advocates ensure children’s digital well-being.. Parents whose children had been taught by their schools about safe social media use were more confident in their children’s social media-related discernment, according to the poll’s results.. Below is information for setting up available parental or safety controls on popular social media platforms:

          Social media is the new trend which is here to stay. Parents can learn to help their kids use this tool for the best while avoiding its downside. Read more about positive and negative effects of social media on kids.

          Social media allows youngsters to network with people from around the globe, exposing them to cultures and ideas that they may not otherwise come across.. Many youngsters find it easier to talk to people in person, after interacting with them over social media platforms.. Here are some negative impacts of social media on children:. Youngsters addicted to social media end up spending hours, each day, watching videos, photos, and other content posted in the accounts they follow.. One finding suggests that children spending more than three hours a day on social media are twice as likely to suffer from poor mental health.. Facebook and other social media platforms have had a negative effect on the brains of youngsters.

          Letting your child dive into the social media world can be scary

          Child psychologist Kate Eshleman, PsyD , discusses the potential dangers of kids using social media and — if you’re allowing them to use it — how to talk to them about how to stay safe, not overdo it and not take a lot of what they see on there too seriously.. But in a recent poll , parents shared that 50% of children 10 to 12 years old and 33% of children 7 to 9 years old use social media apps.. If your child is currently on social media or if they’ve been asking to join, it’s important to talk to them about what social media is, what rules you have for it and how it doesn’t always show an accurate picture of someone’s life.. While experts are just beginning to understand social media’s impact on children, one study shows that children younger than 11 years old who use Instagram and Snapchat are more likely to have problematic digital behaviors like having online-only friends and visiting sites parents would disapprove of, as well as a greater chance of taking part in online harassment.. That same study says limiting how much time a child spends on social media may reduce some of the negative effects of using social media at such an early age.. “If kids are being asked to get off social media and do their homework, then parents might see increased periods of irritability or frustration directed towards parents,” says Dr. Eshleman.. “It’s much harder for kids to understand the potential dangers or risks of social media when parents engage in the same behaviors themselves,” she says.. Go easy on yourself as a parent when it comes to social media and your kids.. Don’t be afraid to talk to other parents about what they do or ask for help if you are struggling with how to navigate social media and keep your kids safe.

          Should you let your kids join social networks? Here are eight potential benefits to consider.

          Social media can help young children feel more comfortable about communicating and being around others.. A Common Sense Media study showed that 29% of teens using social media felt that it it helped them feel less shy, while 20% indicated that it can help them feel more confident.. When a child appears to be introverted and awkward around other people, social media interactions can assist in the process of building that confidence and developing a better understanding of how to communicate.. In a social network, kids can generate shared experiences with their friends and feel appreciated and loved.. Allowing your kids to use social media comes with a list of pros and cons, but when parents commit themselves to providing guidance and watching over the child's online activities, social media can help in a child's development.The impact of technology and social media doesn't depend on technology itself, but how parents educate and inform their children about them, and set realistic parameters around their use.

          It's not just your teens who are on social media anymore. Younger kids are getting on those apps, and some parents aren't confident that their children can stay safe online. About half of parents o

          Many parents also had concerns about their child’s abilities to safely navigate social media apps.. Nearly 50% of parents with social media-using kids weren’t confident that their child would be able to tell whether another user was an adult or kid, which can be difficult to discern, according to the report.. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act requires operators of apps and other online services to provide parental control options over release of private information, the poll authors wrote.. But 17% of parents of children using social media apps said they didn’t use any parental controls — for reasons such as not being able to find the information they needed to set up parental controls, thinking that monitoring their child’s use of social media apps was too time-consuming, or considering it a waste of time because children find ways to bypass parental controls.. However, if “parents are allowing younger children to engage in social media, they should take responsibility for making the child’s online environment as safe as possible,” Clark said, no matter how inconvenient.. “If parents can’t commit to taking an active role in their child’s social media use, they should have their child wait to use these apps.”. For parents considering letting their child use certain social media apps, research them first, Clark advised.. For resources on managing children’s social media use, Radesky recommended parents visit the age range-based guidance on Common Sense Media, an independent advocacy organization providing expert reviews, research and tools to help parents, educators and advocates ensure children’s digital well-being.. Parents whose children had been taught by their schools about safe social media use were more confident in their children’s social media-related discernment, according to the poll’s results.. About half of parents of children ages 10 to 12 and 32% of parents of kids ages 7 to 9 reported their child used social media apps in the first six months of this year, according to the new C.S.. When deciding which apps were appropriate for their child, more than 60% of parents considered whether the apps had parent controls, were rated appropriate for their child’s age group or were needed for their child’s schooling.. Between 51% to 66% of parents used parental blocks on certain sites, parent approval for new contacts, privacy settings, daily time limits and a passcode for certain content.

          Two-thirds of parents in the U.S. say parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technologies – like social media or smartphones – as a reason.

          In fact, a majority of parents in the United States (66%) – who include those who have at least one child under the age of 18, but who may also have an adult child or children – say that parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with many in this group citing technology as a reason why, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March.. Some 61% of parents of a child age 11 or younger say they have received advice or information about screen time from a doctor or other medical professional and 55% say the same about other parents, while 45% of parents of a child age 5 to 11 have turned to teachers for help.. But there are wide age gaps: parents who have an older child, between the ages of 5 and 11 (46%), are more likely than parents with a child age 3 to 4 (30%) or 2 or younger (14%) to say their child uses or interacts with this type of technology.. Parent is used to refer to an adult who reports being a parent or guardian of at least one child under the age of 18, but who may also have an adult child or children.. Parents of a child age 11 or younger is used to refer to parents who report having a child age 11 or younger.. Parents of a child age 4 or younger is used to refer to parents whose randomly assigned child is under the age of 5 (0 to 4).. Parents of a child age 5 to 11 is used to refer to parents whose randomly assigned child is between the ages of 5 and 11.. Fully 89% of parents of a child age 5 to 11 say their child watches videos on YouTube, as do 81% of those who have a child age 3 to 4 and 57% of those who have child age 2 or younger.. And while majorities of parents whose child uses YouTube credit the platform for entertaining and educating their children, a majority of these parents are concerned about their child being exposed to inappropriate content on the video sharing site.. Many parents cite technology as a reason why parenting is harder today than in the past When asked whether parenting is harder, easier or about the same as it was 20 years ago, larger shares of parents (66%) – which includes those who have at least one child under the age of 18 – say they believe it is harder today for most parents.. Black (50%) or Hispanic parents (40%) who have a child in this age range who watches YouTube are more likely to say their child does this several times a day, compared with white parents (29%).. Vast majority of parents say they limit when and how long their child can use screens, while digital ‘grounding’ is a relatively common practice for parents In addition to parents’ concerns about screen time, there are other tech-related worries that are on their minds.. Fully 86% of parents of a child age 5 to 11 say they limit the time of day or length of time their child can use screens, while eight-in-ten say they take away their child’s smartphone or internet privileges as punishment.. About three-quarters of parents of a child age 5 to 11 say they check the websites this child visits or the mobile apps they use (75%) and use parental controls to restrict how much this child uses screens (72%).

          Parents are the first line of defense for children and teens facing an ever growing list of online dangers from cyberbullying to sexting to predators.

          Internet safety for kids depends on parents being aware of online risks and understanding how to help their children and teens avoid them.. It will also help you better understand how your children use the internet.. Let children know they can talk with their parents, teachers or other trusted adults when they stumble onto online content that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.. Make sure your children understand that a smartphone is personal and no one else should use it.. Understanding the social media sites your teens frequent can help you understand the content and connections they’re exposed to.. Kids and teens socialize online and on their smartphones just like they do in person.. Teach your child to behave online just as they would in person and the risk of cyberbullying goes down.. Report cyberbullying to the website or app.. Let them know if they feel pressured to send a sexual photo, they can talk to you or another trusted adult.. Taking an active interest in your kids’ games, understanding how they’re played, and why your kids like them can help you better understand what you can do to keep your kids safe while gaming.

          Social media safety for kids is a concern for parents. Here are a few online safety tips to help teens and parents navigate social media.

          If you don’t have an account on the social media site your child wants to use, get one.. Facebook Minimum age: 13 years. This widely used social media app lets users share pictures, videos, and comments.. Minimum age: 13 yearsTikTok is social media app that specializes in sharing letting users watch, create, and share short-form videos.. For lesser-known apps, consider whether you want your child to allow the apps to access social media accounts at all.. It’s no secret that teens and preteens are very active on social media, which can make it a challenge for parents to keep an eye on their social media activity.. Social media sites can be a time suck, and you don’t want your child spending all of their free time online.. If your child wants to join a social media site, request that you have access to their account credentials.. Social Media Monitoring 1 helps keep social media accounts safer.

          Modern technology has brought many entertainment options for kids. Social media is a great way for them to connect with their friends. Unfortunately, there are

          Strangers may make contact with your kids by messaging them on their social media accounts.. With the many dangers of modern life, safety is getting more difficult to maintain.. Children may go for Inappropriate Activity on social media that may cause problems. Thankfully, there are some great safety settings available on many of the social media sites.. Go into your child’s account and block the people that you do not want to have access to your child.. Look out for messages that have come from people that your kids do not know.. They may be people that know your child or your child’s friends.. You need to check your child’s social media accounts for signs of bullying.

          Pointers for parents to keep in mind when establishing guidelines for children's technology use, in a world where many children have a tablet or smartphone.

          Pointers for parents to keep in mind when establishing guidelines for children's technology use, in a world where many children have a tablet or smartphone.. According to a 2015 national survey by Common Sense Media, 53 percent of children 8 to 12 have their own tablet, and 24 percent have their own smartphone.. American parents believe they have an important role to play in helping their children develop safe, healthy habits for technology use.. Yet despite the effort, 48 percent say that regulating their child’s screen time is a constant battle, and 58 percent say they worry about the influence of social media on their child’s physical and mental health.. In other words, many American parents are looking for better ways to handle their children’s tech use.. For children 6 and up, establish consistent limits on the time spent using media and the types of media.. These researchers contend that instead of focusing on how much time a child spends on digital media, parents should consider the content of that media and the context in which they’re using it.. Don’t frighten them, but discuss the importance of respecting privacy and protecting personal information in age-appropriate ways.. With younger kids, it’s easy to see what they’re doing online.. Have open, honest discussions about what sites and type of content are off-limits.. Do your research to understand the media your child is using, and check out your child’s browser history to see what sites they visit.. Teach good online behavior .. But digital friendships aren’t a replacement for the real thing.

          It's not just your teens who are on social media anymore. Younger kids are getting on those apps, and some parents aren't confident that their children can stay safe online. About half of parents o

          Many parents also had concerns about their child’s abilities to safely navigate social media apps.. Maar 17% of parents of children using social media apps said they didn’t use any parental controls — for reasons such as not being able to find the information they needed to set up parental controls, thinking that monitoring their child’s use of social media apps was too time-consuming, or considering it a waste of time because children find ways to bypass parental controls.. Egter, as “parents are allowing younger children to engage in social media, they should take responsibility for making the child’s online environment as safe as possible,” Clark said, no matter how inconvenient.. For parents considering letting their child use certain social media apps, research them first, Clark advised.. “Parents should look into whether the content is curated to allow only youth-friendly programming or whether there is a moderator that weeds out inappropriate content,” sy het gese.. Regarding how parents can discuss their social media-related concerns in ways that might resonate with their kids, Radesky suggested “talking about newsworthy topics like the Facebook Files .. En “so much of social media content is aggrandized, filtered, or tweaked in some way to gain more ‘engagement’ in the recommendations feed.. Parents whose children had been taught by their schools about safe social media use were more confident in their children’s social media-related discernment, according to the poll’s results.. “It’s also possible that children who are lucky enough to attend schools that teach digital citizenship are also in higher socioeconomic status neighborhoods, where parents may feel more self-efficacy around technology management,” Radesky added.. “In my 2016 study interviewing parents from lower-income, suburban, akademies, and technology company backgrounds, the latter two groups felt much more empowered to handle these types of complex conversations and rule-setting,” sy het gese.. Below is information for setting up available parental or safety controls on popular social media platforms:. “There continues to be debate over how soon is too soon when it comes to using social apps and how parents should oversee it,” said Mott Poll codirector Sarah Clark, a research scientist in pediatrics at the University of Michigan, in n verklaring .. When deciding which apps were appropriate for their child, meer as 60% of parents considered whether the apps had parent controls, were rated appropriate for their child’s age group or were needed for their child’s schooling.

          10 Reasons why Social Media Should Banned for Children Under 18                                                                

          Some people are distracted by simple texting, however, many are checking their social media.. Many people try to create a life on social media that they wish was real.. Some people may think that others have little to no flaws, because of what is on their social media page.. Social media can be a dangerous thing when people are not careful about screening their contacts.. Social media seems to make people braver to speak out than face to face meetings.. There are many scenarios where people sit at home and scroll through social media, instead of picking up the phone to simply see how someone is doing.. People may also seem somewhat cold on social media.. Social media apps are some of the most popular apps that people like to enjoy while they relax after a long day, Social media apps, however, are used for many other things.. Social media was meant to be an addition to a regular social life.. Instead of simply using social media as a tool to enhance a social life, some have turned these apps into a life of their own.. Kids that experience bullying at school need to get off of social media and be surrounded with people that care about them.. Varying information on social media can lead young people to be unkind to themselves and others, when it comes to making comments.

          About 56% of US youth have their own social media accounts, according to Common Sense Media. The average age when signing up for an account was 12.6 years.

          The report found that, overall, 56% of the children had their own social media accounts, based on the parents' survey responses.. Separated by age range, 80% of all teenagers (ages 13-18) in the group had their own social media account, compared with 23% of all tweens (ages 8-12), the parents' responses revealed.. So whenever parents allow their children to have social media, "I think that the best way to do it is to sit down together and explore the program that your kid is interested in using -- and explore some of the privacy settings that they can use," Knorr said.. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act , or COPPA , imposes certain requirements on operators of websites and online services -- including social media sites -- so that personal information from children under 13 is not collected, disclosed or used without parental consent.. "A lot of parents believe that the reason why the age is 13 is to help protect kids' safety, but really the reason why the age is 13 is because most social media shares data, and they actively mine data, and they're not allowed to do that for users under 13," she said.. In order to help protect your child's safety, "the big thing is having a conversation with your child about social media use early and often and being aware of what they're doing, and having filters and using strict privacy settings while you're still monitoring their social media frequently," said Dr. Candice Dye, a pediatrician at Children's of Alabama and assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.. In the United States, "our understanding is that about half of kids have some form of social media by age 12," Knorr said, referencing a Common Sense Media census report released in 2016.

          Find out what the potential dangers are and how to deal with them to make sure your child can enjoy using social media, online gaming and the internet safely.

          Find out what the potential dangers are and how to deal with them to make sure your child can enjoy using social media, online gaming and the internet safely.. You can use parental settings on the computer to make sure your child’s personal information is only seen by people they want to share it with or to control your child's gaming.. The following guidelines will help make sure your child is safe while they are members of social media:. These filter out inappropriate internet sites so that they are able to search the internet safely.. To give yourself the best chance of helping your child stay safe, find out about all the different types of game children play online.. As with all online environments, if your child makes a friend online and wants to meet them you should always go along with them.

          One-in-three parents say they have had concerns or questions about their child’s technology use in the last year. Previous research about teenagers and

          Parents who have children over the age of 5 are significantly more likely than parents who only have children under age 5 to say they have had questions or concerns of this type over the past year (36% vs. 21%).. Among parents who only have children age 11 or younger, 14% say they have ever felt uncomfortable about something a spouse, family member, or friend posted about their child on social media.. Another 20% of parents say they have between 101 and 250 friends, while 23% have between 251 and 500 friends.. Some 53% of parents on Facebook are friends with their parents, and 47% are friends with their children.. Parents are more likely to be Facebook friends with their own parents than are non-parents, 53% vs. 40%.. Parents who have at least one older child are more likely to be friends with their children on Facebook.

          From cyberbullying to online predators, it can certainly feel like the risks of social media for children are endless. Experts offer safety tips for key dangers of social media for youth.

          Social media and kids.. While it certainly isn’t advisable for kids to post information about the school they attend or their upcoming whereabouts, typically speaking, online predators work in much more nefarious ways than showing up at a given location they found out about on online (more on that in a bit).. “Kids think that when they use social media, they’re safe if they set it to private,” says Getz.. “To emphasize the staying power of the internet, parents can find a story where a person had a negative social media experience due to posting something inappropriate when they were younger and how it affected their future,” says psychotherapist Ali Hamroff, of Liz Morrison Therapy in New York.. They cultivate relationships with a child online and then have the child come to them, so they don’t have to take the risky approach of locating the child to abduct them.”. It’s important for kids to know that it’s completely unacceptable to cultivate relationships with strangers online — and even more dangerous is hiding an online connection from their parents.. “Parents need to tell their kids that if someone is important to them, they are important to the parent, too, no matter where the child met them,” says Getz.. The national campaign Wait Until 8th suggests parents refrain from giving their children phones until they’re in eighth grade and access to data until they’re 16, given the potential, negative emotional and developmental effects of smartphone and social media use for children who are younger.. “I always encourage parents to put off children’s use of social media for as long as possible,” says Sean Grover , a New York City psychotherapist and author of “ When Kids Call the Shots ,” who supports the Wait Until 8th initiative.. If you do allow your child to have social media early on, Grover recommends having all the passwords and access to the accounts in order to monitor their behavior while they learn how to properly use and navigate the internet.. The more parents and children follow these guidelines together, the less resistance parents will face from their kids.”. According to Getz, making sure the lines of communication are always open and having children use their device in a public space (where you can parent over their shoulder from time to time) are potentially more effective strategies than “following” their social accounts.. “While it might be somewhat embarrassing for kids to have their parents following them, it also will put into perspective what they are posting on social media, because they can ask themselves: ‘Would I want my mom or dad to see this?’” Hamroff says.

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