The world is moving forward with information and technology. The Internet is also available as well. Now everything is happening within reach of people’s hands. People are now using various social media and other platforms from the internet for entertainment. In this case, the children are not lagging behind. Due to the availability of smartphones, tablets, computers, and internet access, children are becoming addicted to social media. And this level is so much that we cannot even expect.
Children’s Internet usage and social media addiction rates are increasing day by day. Parents are worried about this. Although popular sites and platforms have given a specific age to register on the site. But, how effective is it? Today we will discuss age restriction of popular sites and platforms that we even didn’t expected.
The level of use of children’s social and other platforms
One study found that among the 13 to 17 years of teenage, 89% of the teenage has at least one social media account. And in 71% of these cases, they have more than one social media account. Basically, because of having a smartphone in everyone’s hand, it becomes easy. Because only by using smartphones, about 24% of the teenage goes online for at least one time each day. These teenage people use Facebook more in the social platform. However, it is different for girls. They are more interested in using Instagram than Facebook.
However, social media and other popular platforms have given at least 13 years of age for registration. That means, children under the age of 13 will not be able to enter or registration on these sites. It is called age Restriction.
Why do these age restrictions exist?
There is biological importance to age restrictions. Generally, the natural progression of children is more important here. It is important to be at least 13 years old to grow intellectually. However, there is a different reason for the age restriction on popular or other platforms. Most social media services have given a specific age 13 or more to register on the site is in part because of a law in the USA.
According to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, no online platform, organization or people operating online services will not be able to save the information of children under the age of 13 without the permission of their parents. If an online platform allows the use of their platform to reduce the age limit beyond this law, it will be out of the law. However, if any platform wants to do this, they will definitely need the permission of the child’s parents.
Here are the specific age limits of some popular social sites:
- Facebook: 13+ Years.
- WhatsApp: 16+ Years; But, you will be able to sign up at the age of 13 with parental permission.
- Google+ : 13+ years.
- ASK.fm: 13+ years.
- Flicker: 13+ years.
- Instagram: 13+ years.
- LinkedIn: 14+ years.
- Kik: 13+ years.
- Pinterest: 13+ years.
- Skype: 18+ years; with parental permission up to 17years.
- Twitter: 13+ years.
- Youtube: 17+ years; 13-year-old can sign up with a parent’s permission.
- Vine: 13+ years.
- vimeo: 13+ years.
- Snapchat: 13+ years.
- Spot a friend: 13-19 years only.
Why does Restriction need?
At around age twelve, biologically, most children haven’t developed sturdy enough psychological feature capacities for impulse management or moral thinking. In fact, when the children meet a friend, their guardians are aware of it. However, children are not able to understand the online platforms and have the opportunity to create an image with many unknown friends. So, many times children get to touch those friends from social platforms, for which the children may be misguided.
Teenage is more interested in curiosity. They can become addicted to porn from the age of infancy. We could talk about a few months ago, a new game called Blue Whale had a strong influence among teenager. Many people have to die just to play these games for curiosity. Therefore, it is not ok to allow access to their social or other online platforms until the kids develop the right intellectuals. Age restriction has the importance of this.
Social media posts can affect children. Third party advertisers can steal children’s information and use them for bad purposes. Besides, children can be targeted by different types of harassment. That will affect them emotionally and physically. So there is a need for age restriction. Age restrictions will keep children away from various dangers online.
How is age restriction effective?
Here is a question that how is the age restriction effective? Because, according to many children who are under 13 years of age, they are easily registered on social platforms with false birth dates. Because violating these restrictions is very simple and easy. There is no provision for showing evidence of social platforms. So children are easily entering the platform through false birth dates. The teenage activism has a lot more to do especially in the Porn sites. That’s a terrible thing. It is possible that before child psychological development they are likely to engage in various types of crime. So, many times this age restriction is not working. However, if a platform finds out a user is underage then they will delete the user’s account and any content that has been shared.
What to do in this case?
Age restrictions on social media or other platforms are in place to keep children safe. But, the way they are breaking this rule is a bit of a concern. In this case, parents need to be more aware. Age restrictions on social media or other platforms are in place to keep children safe. But, the way they are breaking this rule is a bit of a concern. In this case, parents need to be more aware. Parents need to take care of their children so that they can not use Social media before the minimum age requirement.
They have to motivate, explain the problems of using social media before the underage. Online platforms also need to be more aware of this. Because of today’s children is the future of tomorrow.
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