Do you think you are ready to handle the world of social media? Do your parents think you are old enough and have enough resilience and level of maturity to enjoy and benefit from this exciting new aspect of living in a digital world and not be impacted by the negative experiences that most certainly will occur?
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has an informative article to read on this topic. Social Media Readiness prompts you to think about a number of questions before entering the world of social media. Your answers to these questions will indicate your readiness.
Most social media sites have a minimum age requirement of 13 years before you can register with them. The reason for this may surprise you.
Generally, the 13-year age requirement is not necessarily because the site is unsafe for children to use but to comply with a US law – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which prevents collection and storage of personal information from children under 13 years of age.
Age Guide to Social Media