Instead of re-writing already good information, we encourage parents to read/view the following:
- Instagram: What Parents Need to Know (article)
- SnapChat App Has Parents of Teens Concerned (Today show video)
- Are Klik, Kleek, Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine Safe for Kids? (article)
At an elementary school age, children and pre-teens are still developing their decision making skills. Things they find funny or appropriate to share with others may not reflect their true character or your family's values. Parents need to monitor, provide guidance, and have frequent conversations about expectations for their child(ren)'s use of technology.
In addition, every online account or service is governed by that company's Terms of Service. All specify that children under the age of 13 are not permitted on their service. For children over the age of 13, great care and consideration should be given prior to allowing accounts to be created. The same caution should be used with any social media tools including Facebook, Kleek, Vine, and others.