Parenting today is unlike the old days that most of us grew up in. With technology around every corner and all areas of the world having access to the internet, it’s not easy to know when your child is ready for the online world of social media. While some social media platforms do have a rule that a child must be at least 13 years of age to have their own profile, some parents allow children to have an account as early as age 9 while others wait a bit longer to age 16. There’s no set age for you to know when your child is ready for a social media account, but there are some signs to look for. Today I’ll share some of the signs to look for so that you can make an educated decision as to whether or not your child is ready for their own social media account or not.
Is My Child Ready For a Social Media Account?
Consider Maturity Level
If your child can’t listen to simple instructions now or struggles with mature concepts and rules then your child may not be ready for a social media account. It’s important to think about your child’s maturity level before you allow them to venture into the online world of networking via social media. Every child matures at a different level, you’ll know best if your child is mature enough for this new privilege and extensive access to the online world.
Will Your Child Be Honest?
Another thing to take into consideration when debating whether or not your child is ready for a social media account is how good they are at fessing up to their bad decisions as well as communicating things with you. You’ll want to have a very open relationship where your child is comfortable telling you about anything in an honest manner before you allow them to have their own social media account. If they’re not quite ready for this, you can work on this skill before letting them make an account.
Consider Rule Obeying
Does your child currently obey the rules that you’ve set forth in your own home or do they tend to avoid all of the rules, make excuses and bad decisions? A child who has a social media account will need to be able to follow rules and understand there are consequences to be had should they not follow the rules put forth by their parents. Allowing your rule-abiding child to have a social media account will keep this new stage in parenthood a little less stressful.
Talk to your child about different situations that can arise when they have a social media account. This will better help you determine if your child is ready for a social media account. There are some dangers online that your child needs to understand how to address, as well as not to give out any personal information to someone on the internet before you should allow them to have social media accounts. Having this discussion will give you a better idea of where their maturity is for their age.
These are just some of the things to take into consideration when you’re wondering if your child is ready for a social media account. Allowing your child to have a social media account can be a hard step for any parent, as your giving your child deeper access to the internet and easier way to communicate with friends as well as strangers. It’s best to make sure your child is ready to handle all of the given situations social media entails before you allow them to have a social media account.