When is it a good time to allow your kids on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, and other social media apps? Hopefully, if your a parent or want to be one day, you are wrestling with this question!
It is more than just a philosophical or family values question—it's a matter of the law.
Adam McLane, who is an expert and leader when it comes to parental awareness, involvement, and social media, wrote a very informative article on this question: When should I allow my children to get a social media account? Speaking to dozens of parent groups in his social media workshops, he answers that question very plainly,
"Without fail, a parent will ask me… “What is the right age to allow my child to get [insert social media app name]?”"
The answer is simple: Thirteen.
Before you start having a hissy fit and get defensive because you already let your twelve year old on Facebook, and before you form any opinions in regards to his answer—I strongly recommend you read his article.
You can find it here: When should I allow my children to get a social media account?
If you are wondering what my answer would be to this questions... My answer would be the same as Adam's.
I was a youth pastor for seventeen years and I'm a parent of a 21year old, 18 year old and a 16 year old, and have seen the positive and negative of social media and young people. I would even go further and tell you that there are some social media apps you shouldn't let your kids have access to... And there are some social media apps I don't have and I'm an adult... But that is a post for another day.