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Protecting Children on Social Media

July 15, 2016 • admin

In 2012, a survey was conducted on teens and usage of social media which revealed that approximately 26 percent of teens age 12 to 13 visit social media at least a few times every single day. While social media sites are open to a general audience, you must be at least 13 to have an account. However, underage children are still accessing these social networks, which expose them to a variety of dangers- even when their profiles are set to private. After all, even private profiles can be accessed by sites such as and expose them to a variety of dangers including invasion of privacy, sexual predators, peer pressure, and sexual predators.

When underage children use social media, they are exposed to a world that they are not able to handle. They may not completely understand how to properly set up the privacy settings, so anyone can see their information, posts, pictures, and videos. This means that they are potentially exposed to sexual predators and trolls that exploit children and teens. In addition, with the geotagging features, teens are unwittingly endangering their personal safety because people can figure out where they are.

Cyberbullying is becoming a major issue- especially on social media. While social media is a great thing for sharing useful information with friends and loved ones, in other cases, it’s being used to demean and ridicule others. Underage users can also open themselves up for bullying when their friends leave them out or use the social networks to dupe them into believing things or revealing personal information about them.

However, keep in mind that even though there are underage restrictions and parents are still allowing their preteens to join social networks, you must make sure that you are very careful if you help your child. As the parent, you should be setting up their profiles and setting their privacy settings so that people are less likely to be able to find and mess with them. Unfortunately, keep in mind that privacy settings are not foolproof- sites like can still sometimes find what they’re looking for.

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