Name one way children use social media?
Children should be aware of online predators and cyberbullying. Social media can be addictive and lead to problems with sleep, learning, and mental health. Parents should be involved in setting rules for online use.
The Dangers of Social Media for Kids
Social Media: websites and applications used to share information, photos, and videos with others online. Privacy: the ability to control who can see the information you share online. Cyberbullying: using social media to spread hurtful and/or false information about someone.
Most social media apps have a minimum age requirement for users, but the exact age required for the user can vary from app to app. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of 8-12 year olds using social media has almost doubled. The most popular social media app for kids aged 6-12 is YouTube, with over 80% of the age group using it.
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What are some of the benefits of using social media?
What are some of the risks of using social media?
What is the most important thing to consider when using social media?
What are some strategies you can use to think critically while using social media?
Brain break: Draw a fruit salad with silly ingredients like ice cream cones and lollipops.
Question: What are the risks of children using social media? Clues: • Social media platforms have age restrictions. • Information posted online can be shared with people you don't know. • Online activity can lead to cyberbullying. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Work in pairs and draw a picture of a child using social media safely. B. Come up with ways for children to use social media responsibly.
What is the minimum age requirement for most social media platforms?
- 13 years old
- 18 years old
- 16 years old
- 10 years old
What should you never share on social media?
- Your favorite color
- Your favorite food
- Personal information like your home address, phone number, and full name.
Why is it important to be careful about what you post on social media?
- Because posting anything online is not allowed and can get you in trouble with the law.
- Because once something is online, it can be difficult to erase or delete. It can also be seen by many people.
What should you do if someone says something mean or hurtful to you on social media?
- Ignore them and don't say anything at all.
- Say something mean back to them.
- Tell a trusted adult like your parent or teacher.
How much time per day do experts recommend children spend using social media?
- No more than an hour a day
- No more than 2 hours a day
- As much as they want
Work together in pairs: What are some of the potential risks associated with children using social media?