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Social Media and younger Children

posted Nov 6, 2015, 7:10 PM by Marty Cryer   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 5:31 AM ]
    Social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and similar resources, is an important aspect of daily life for everyone, adults and children alike. Whether we like it or not, children will grow up "talking" to each other via their devices.
  But when is it okay for children to join the social media world? Social media services specifically are restricted to those over 13. The content on social media sites often is not appropriate for children under that age. Of course, we all know there are many children under age 13 using these services. It is a battle that is hard to win and often not as black and white as it seems.

There are a lot of resources available to help parents navigate the slippery slope of social
Check out this page on Common Sense Media for specific information about social media and elementary school children.

media and digital resources. Here are a few that are recommended.

Common Sense Media: This website is very thorough in its review of all media. The website states, "We rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families and schools." It is a very thorough site that I use a lot!

Parenting magazine: This article gives some reasonable, brief guidelines to help parents.

Social Media Alternatives: Check out some alternatives to Facebook and other social media sites. These are designed for children and have safety in mind. Enter the specific site in the search box on Common Sense Media (see above link) to get specific information about each site.