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Sandburg: Social Media and Our Children

March 4, 2020

Social media is all the rage in our society, but it is not always appropriate for elementary school age children.  Most social media platforms have an age restriction of 13 or older.  The age restrictions are in place because of the level of maturity that is needed to use these platforms in a responsible manner.  Most adults are capable of using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tik Tok for the purpose of which they were intended. However, elementary students’ brains and decision-making skills are still developing.  As a result, these children are not yet equipped to navigate the often turbulent waters of the social media world.   This can lead to personal information being shared online with those who may not have your child’s best interests at heart. Additionally, social media is often used for cyber-bullying, which in turn creates more problems at school. Social media can be a fun way to stay in touch with friends and share information.  However, even the most mature elementary students are not quite ready for this responsibility.  If you choose to allow your child access to social media, know their passwords, monitor their usage regularly, and have conversations with your child about what is appropriate and safe.  Click here for another article entitled Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media.