What age would you allow your kids to have a phone and/or social media?Watch
So if they walk home/ take the bus home from quite a young age then then.
Social media- up to them. Probably 13 or so
Social media, depends on the parent, but supervised.
13 or 14 for social media, only accessed on a computer with no web cam- probably subject to parental controls.
Because 12-14 is too going imo. 15/16 teens tend to be more mature and by then they’re doing their GCSEs so social media / phones would be taken away as they’re a distraction. If I had my way completely they would only be allowed to use it to message close friends and family or not have it all.
I liked it like that so I think I'll do that for my kids if I have any.
You should consider that most children are on Instagram and snapchat, but I for example chose not to use them because I think it’s pointless, however I know that it does mean I will miss out on some things, I just don’t really care.
In my opinion, things like WhatsApp and messages are essential to have a social life so maybe those would be a bit earlier.
Not many would agree with me on this but I think Facebook is a pretty good starting social media app (or Twitter) because they’re less widely used and still allow sharing photos and contacting friends.
As your child gets older maybe talk to them about it, finding out what exactly they want and figuring out what’s both fair and sensible.
[I can't remember what age he got a laptop..]