A THIRD of American children aged 7-9 use social media, says a new poll. It also found that half of children aged 10-12 use their devices to connect with others on social media apps – even though most have age restrictions.
Children are now using TikTok, chatting through Snapchat and sharing pictures on Instagram. Nearly all social media companies require users to be aged 13 or older to have an account.
While most parents track their kids’ use of social media, one in six confessed that they aren’t using any parental controls. Sarah Clark from the University of Michigan Health CS Mott Children’s Hospital, which ran the poll of 1,030 parents who had at least one child aged 7-12, said parents should be using controls on apps as well as “having regular conversations with their kids to teach them online safety rules”.
She added that parents must help children to understand the dangers of sharing too much information and interacting with strangers online.