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8 WebsiteCompass At what age can children begin using social media? What are the potential risks? We’ll explore these and other topics to help parents make the right decisions for their family. Minimum Age on Social Platforms Virtually all social media sites and apps have minimum age requirements in order to help protect children from technologies and communities that are not appropriate for them. Here are the requirements for some of the most popular platforms: Facebook and Instagram – Both require users to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. However, Common Sense—a leading source of entertainment and technology recommen- dations for families and schools—rates Instagram for age 15 and up because of mature content, access to strangers, mar- keting ploys, and data collection. Snapchat – Snapchat, which allows people to post videos and photos for 10 seconds before they disappear, says the minimum age for users is 13 years old. However, it’s incredibly easy for a child to circumvent the SnapChat age limit by using a fake date of birth. TikTok – The Terms of Service state that users must be at least 13 years old to sign up for an account and have full access to the platform. Twitter – The platform says you must be at least 13 years old to use its services. WhatsApp – The minimum age for this mobile phone messaging app is 16. YouTube – Account holders are required to be 18 or over, but it will allow a child as young as 13 to sign up with their par- ent’s permission. When your child starts using any social media platform, make sure you help them with the privacy settings. Also, remind Social Media Tips for Today’s Parents How to help children have positive and safe online connections Internet Connections Parenting has always been challenging. However, a majority of U.S. parents with at least one child under the age of 18 told the Pew Research Center in 2020 that parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technology—including social media—as a reason why. 1