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Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children
When we talk to parents about your biggest worries, you tell us you're concerned about how to keep your child safe on social media.
Over half of children aged 5-15 use social media sites or apps, and that rises to 87% when we look at just 12 to 15-year-olds. And there are some shocking statistics about the impact social media has on children.
One study showed older children who are more frequent users of social media and TV can have more severe symptoms of depression. And, as a leaked presentation by Facebook revealed, “32% of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse.”
Pre-teens on social media
Most social media sites have a 13+ age rating, but remember, each platform sets their own rules. It’s worth checking each one to make sure you know if your child should be on there.