Today, we live in a world that is dominated by social media. Anyone and everyone you know is present on the various social media platforms. It seems like age is no bar anymore, from grandmothers to little children, everyone uses these platforms to connect with each other. This in my opinion is a great thing. People who live far away from each other feel more connected because of them. People share all their important occasions and events on social media. But, the question that arises is should children of a certain age be allowed to use social media platforms?
When talking about children and social media, the concerns which arise, range from safety to attention span to diminished ‘real-life’ social skills to posture, blue light, and other dangers of screen time. Like everything else in life, this too has its pros and cons. While we tend to focus more on the downside of the situation, we forget that there is an upside too. Children do learn a lot from social media they become aware, they become more passionate about social issues.
It is in the hands of the parents how their child handles social media. I believe that there should be an age at which the children should be allowed to be present on social media. 13 sounds perfect as the child becomes more mature and understanding. However, parents should have a say at the number of hours a child spends using the platform. Too much of anything is bad. The thing is, social media is now so intertwined with our lives that stopping kids from using it is quite impractical. But at the same time, you have to make your children aware of the threats and problems that they may face while using them. It is all about finding the right balance.