Facebook says it’s 13, Tumblr says it’s 18, and Twitter is silent about it. When is it the right time for our kids to be on the social networking sites?
In a world where virtually everyone is interconnected through the internet, even our kids are craving for some online interaction with their friends. Teachers are also online and sometimes send out announcements and homework through social networking sites. The problem with this is that when our kids go online, they also gain access to a whole lot of information and materials that they should not yet be exposed to. Worse than that, they can also fall prey to malicious online lurkers.
If you think about it, it really is not just an issue of age but more so an issue of parental guidance. Kids should not be allowed to go online for whatever reason without parental supervision. Parents should be able to monitor their children’s online activity both in and out of social networking sites.
It’ll be futile to shun computer use and internet connection but you can take precautions to ensure your child’s online safety. You and your child can agree on a specific time when he would be allowed to go online to check for messages from his friends or teachers. You can also agree on which sites have to be restricted. It is also a good idea for you to be in control of your child’s password so that you can check and block any malicious or inappropriate postings that get through your safety settings.
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