The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has created an informative webpage on social media readiness. The Social Media Readiness page prompts you to think about a number of questions before allowing your child to use social media.
Did you know: Most social media sites require users to be at least 13 years of age before they can register. Generally, the 13-year age requirement is there to comply with a US law – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which prevents collection and storage of personal information from children under 13 years of age.
You as a parent, therefore decide at what age (13 years or older in most cases) when your child has access to a social media account. When that time does come, consider using the Social Media Readiness questions to determine your child’s readiness for social media.