Social Media for Kids

social media for kids

Social media + kids = risk

We can't disagree with this. Mainstream social media risks exposing kids to unsuitable content and risky ideas. Its reputation for handling personal information is not great.

The worrying thing is that kids desperately want to use social media.

Taking a firm stand against your child using social media is justifiable, and our teacher reviewers have certified many app blockers and parent control apps (list of best parent control apps) to help enforce your decision. Most social media platforms have a minimum age rating of 13, but this does not act as a block to motivated kids.

The sad thing is that social media has the potential to be beneficial for kids.

Short-form video content has unleashed a wave of creativity.

We want kids to do more with their screens than passively absorb videos and games.

Social media helps maintain social relationships.

Kids don't have the transport options of adults, and their friendships can fade as they change schools or over long summer breaks.

Social media introduces people to those outside their immediate area.

We want kids to broaden their horizons and see beyond their locality.

Social media lets fans of niche subjects discuss and learn together.

Kids with interests outside of mainstream sports and activities miss out on their actual interests because of a lack of social support.

There may be another way to get the benefits of social media while mitigating the risks.

New social media platforms have come under the scrutiny of our teacher reviewers lately. The foundations of these new apps have been child safety and data protection.

Whatever safety an app appears to offer, kids still need to know how to respond to anything inappropriate or that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable. They should know to speak to their parents if in any doubt. They should know never to reveal any identifying information to anyone online.

Our reviewers have found dedicated kids' social media apps to offer a solid social media experience with significantly enhanced security and safety. They can't offer your kids a guaranteed positive experience and 100% safety, but they can take you closer to these goals than mainstream social media.

Keep these points in mind:

Social interaction of all forms has risks. What people say can harm others' self-esteem, but so can not saying anything. Kids who have made a post but received no comments may feel hurt. Apps can instil a positive ethos but can't make their community comment.

Mainstream social media is free to use because it turns your attention and data into a commodity. Kids' social media cannot and should not do this, so you should expect to pay for it.

Education is important for kids to ensure they know how to use their devices responsibly and safely, especially when taking photos or videos to post online. Kids Online Safety - Taking Photos and Videos.

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