Social Media Age Restrictions: Why the system isn’t working

When it comes to allowing young people online and navigating the age restrictions of the social networks,  I have to say it is one of the greatest conundrums faced by parents, and indeed educators in the field today. A 2017 study found half of all 11 and 12 year olds had a social media profile. I know this is certainly reflected in my own workshops with students and I would say this is a conservative estimate for today. Some students even have a social media presence at ages 6 and 7 and this tends to increase exponentially throughout the primary school years. So despite the majority of popular networks having age limits of mostly 13+,  these are simply not being followed.

And there are generally a few different parenting camps on this:

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