Social Media has made it possible for children to have access to friends, family, school work, and entertainment through the use of the Internet. However, where do we as parent’s draw the line or create new lines for our children to remain interactive in social media? Do we feel that having accounts on social media are necessary for children? I pose these questions to start a discussion on why certain websites have a major influence on our children?
Face book has become a major link for social interaction for children and teenagers. Although, I believe that social interaction is successfully achieved through getting your children involved in sports, music, dance, spending time with family and friends in social groups. You can encourage your child to participate in activities at school, church, and within your own household.
Face book requires that you must be at least 13 years years of age to eligible to sign up for a page. Also, some children with permission from their parents do not follow the rule and have Face book accounts at the ages of eight or nine, with parents closely monitoring their charts, pictures, security settings, friends, parents feel that if they do not put their pictures on the home page for fear of pedophiles or other child predators.
The COPPA Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act protects websites that are collecting information from children under the age of thirteen are required to comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also helps with the protection and safety of children on the Internet. However, I have a five year old son who is very curious about the Internet and loves to play on the computer. In my opinion the thirteen years of age eligibility is still a bit too young for children to have a Face book page.
I think that when the day arrives that my son would want to have a Face book page, or any form of social media, it will not be allowed in my household. I do not feel that children are able to handle the responsibility of having a Face book page at any age. The responsibility of a Face Book page is one that carries a heavy weight that some adults tend to abuse online.so the idea of a child having their own account is one that should be closely monitored and reviewed by parents if they so decide to have their child register for a home page. The safety and protection of my child is the most important factor for my son’s development. I believe that we have to take more time to read to our children, encourage our children to use their imaginations and grow their minds in a positive way, without the use of social media. At the end of the day it is the parent who must guide and protect your children, and make the decision if the 13 year age limit works for you.