Social media is hardly for adults only. In fact, research shows that many parents allow their children to roam an aided throughout the social media landscape even to sites like Facebook which has a strict minimum age requirement for users. I am not sure if this is a good idea. It seems that some areas are certainly off limits to children just the same as if you took your child to the mall. Would you want your 8-year-old wandering the aisles of Victoria’s Secret without you? Not that there is anything wrong with the place–it’s the fact a parent thinks everything is ok for children, when clearly, at least some things are for adults only.
Seventeen percent of parents questioned in the poll said they had no problem with a pre-teen child using a social media site, compared to just eight percent a year ago.
And 11 percent of parents admitted to using social media sites on behalf of a young child or infant, according to the online survey of about 1,000 adults by Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project.
“More and more parents are allowing their children to have a Facebook account or to have more online activity at younger and younger ages.” said Janet Taylor.
The clinical instructor of psychiatry at Columbia University at Hospital in New York described the findings as a sign of the times.
“It’s not alarming. I think it means we need to be aware of what is going on and how to best utilize social media,” she added in an interview.
Most parents think that children under 18 should not be able to keep their account to themselves and a third monitor their usage. Forty four percent also limit the time spent on the Internet or texting.
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