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Should Your Child Have a Social Media Account?

DKT Blogs/Knows How Sep 2,2016 Comments(0) Likes(2) Parenting

Should Your Child Have a Social Media Account?

Technically, we shouldn’t even be having this discussion. According to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, it’s illegal for commercial websites and apps to allow children under age 13 to open an online account without verifiable parental consent. “The law was created to keep companies from collecting data about kids and marketing to them,” says Stephen Balkam, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute. Still, most children are savvy enough to get around this rule by using a parent’s e-mail and a fake birth date, often with permission.

Besides the legal issues, however, there are the concerns about maturity. “At ages 7 to 11, children are still thinking very concretely, and they haven’t yet developed the ability to consider hypothetical situations... READ MORE HERE

 

CREATED BY Marisa Cohen from PARENTS MAGAZINE

 

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