Social Media – Minimum Age Requirements

social-media-age-restrictionsTwitter doesn’t ask your age when you sign up, but Facebook does, and on Facebook the minimum age requirement is a hard and fast 13. It’s the same number on Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, Snapchat and Secret, too.

Curiously, the minimum age on LinkedIn is 14. On WhatsApp it’s 16, and on Vine it’s 17. Some platforms, such as YouTube, WeChat and Kik, have a minimum age required of 18, although kids aged 13-17 can signup with parent’s permission.

Check out this infographic for more social media minimum age requirements, which comes courtesy of Linneyville.

Three quarters of 10-12 Year-olds have underage social media accounts

ChatFOSS_ScreenPut simply 75% of children are breaking legal terms and conditions, a shockingly high number. As we know once the 50% mark is reached it is very difficult for parents not to bow to peer pressure as they do not want their children to miss out or be labelled as “uncool”. The problem is self perpetuating resulting in such high levels of young children using age inappropriate apps. Why is it that in the online world such terms and conditions are just blithely ignored?

Read the full article here: https://www.e-safetysupport.com/stories/214/three-quarters-of-10-12-year-olds-have-underage-social-media-accounts#.Vthgp5OLTUK

Teaching E-Safety with Fakebook and Twister!

fakebook“Fakebook” allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes.

Use “Fakebook” to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on!

Get started by entering a name at the top of the page, then proceed to add friends, posts, comments and profile information.

You can save your work and edit it again later.

The “Twister” template allows you to create fictional “status updates” that can then be printed off for teaching and display purposes.

Links:

Fakebook – http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page

Twister – http://www.classtools.net/twister/