Caroline Knorr

Caroline Knorr

Senior Parenting Editor | Mom of one
October 29, 2019

Should I let my kid get social media like Instagram or Snapchat before they're 13?

Should I let my kid get social media like Instagram or Snapchat before they're 13?

Have your kids asked for social media yet? Did you tell them you'd think it over (and hope they'd forget about it until college)? Figuring out whether to allow tweens to use social media—and under what conditions—is one of those fun, new problems only we lucky parents of "digital natives" have to worry about. It forces you to think about issues like your kid's maturity level, mental health, and ability to navigate the risks of the online world, not to mention the judgy-ness of other parents if you say yes. There's also the fuzzy legal issue of allowing kids under 13 to get a social media ...

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