How old do you have to be to have a Facebook and Instagram account? Age restrictions on social media explained – The US Sun
KIDS are getting their own personal phones at an early age these days and can easily hide the apps they use and the content they watch from their parents.
Social media has become the main point of reference for children and teenagers, and that is why there are age restrictions on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
What are the age restrictions on social media?
Almost all social networking sites only allow users aged 13 and over.
This age limit was dictated by US law through the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
The law first ordered sites to seek “verifiable parental consent” for young users, then restricted how they could use the data.
But later, many apps decided it wasn’t worth it, the BBC reports.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to fight to change COPPA in 2011, but the restrictions remain in place.
You must be 13 years old to create a Facebook account.
Creating a Facebook account with false information is a violation of Facebook’s terms, including accounts registered for anyone under 13.
You can report accounts of minors on Facebook here.
A CBBC study found that of children under 13 using social media without permission, 49% were on Facebook.
Instagram also requires you to be 13 years old to create an account.
If you come across an account belonging to someone under the age of 13 or if you know of it, you can report it from here.
Are social networks safe for children?
A survey for CBBC of 1,200 people between the ages of 10 and 18 found that 96% were on social media.
And it revealed that 78% of respondents aged under 13 had joined at least one social network when they weren’t old enough, reports the bbc.
The NSPCC said some sites can be a “dangerous place for young children, potentially exposing them to bullying, inappropriate content or grooming.”
The charity found that 1,380 children – out of nearly 1,700 surveyed – believed social media sites should do more to protect them and said they had seen pornography, self-harm, bullying and hatred.
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The NSPCC wants the government to ensure that social media follows a universal set of rules.
Peter Wanless, Managing Director of NSPCC, said: “Time and time again we have seen social media sites allowing violent, abusive or illegal content to appear on their sites unchecked, and in the worst cases, children died after being targeted by predators or seeing self-harm films posted online.”
Sussex Police have released an animated video (see below) warning young girls and boys of the risk of social media perverts trying to trick them into sending nude selfies.
The force said it would post two animations – aimed at children and young people aged 11 to 17 – on their Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube accounts.