Hello, in today’s article, we will talk about ‘Social Media Use in Children’, which is also considered a problem of our age.
CHILDREN’S SOCIAL MEDIA USE AND PLAYING GAME
Today, millions of adults have social media accounts. They spend hours on these social media accounts. Some families even open social media accounts for their newborn children. Older children manage their own social media accounts by consulting their families. But it is known that social media is a bottomless pit. Therefore, there should be some important rules that families should follow about the use of the internet and social media for their children. Every day, we hear about children in the news who have had a bad job because of social media. In this article, we will examine the use of social media in children. In our article, we will give some advice to families in this regard.
INTERNET USE IN CHILDREN
The Internet is now an indispensable part of life. We do even the simplest job over the internet. Many of us even do shopping through online commerce sites. In such an environment, it would be a dream for children to stay away from the internet. However, children’s internet use should be under the supervision of their families. Children may visit some harmful content if they use the internet away from their parents’ supervision. In this case, it has a negative effect on their psychological state. These harmful contents provide unhealthy information to children. As a result, children’s sense of trust is damaged and there are sudden changes in their emotional states. They are even exposed to the abuse of malicious people they meet on the internet.
CHILDREN PLAY GAMES ON THE INTERNET
Most games today are played online. Even adults can play for hours on the internet. At the same time, games have now turned into a dating and chat platform. For this reason, children communicate with people they do not know and give private information about themselves. If you allow your child to play games on the internet, you should take some precautions. Here are some of those measures:
-If there are harmful ads on the game platform your child plays, you should definitely use an ad-blocker.
– You should prevent your children from playing horror and violence-themed games.
-You should choose a game for your kids where there will be no online chat app++
-You should choose reliable and informative games.
-Before you start playing the game, you should do research about the game.
-You should learn about the possible harms of the game.
AT WHAT AGE CAN CHILDREN HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT?
Social media is a really big platform. There are some legal obligations in this regard. Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) announced that children can use social media starting from the age of 13. In addition, it is recommended that children who will search for information on the Internet use reliable sites and search engines.
WHAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN CHILDREN USE SOCIAL MEDIA?
Families should pay attention to some rules while children use social media. Here are some of those rules:
– The age limit of the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) must be complied with.
-Social media accounts should be private and closed to the public.
– There should not be anyone other than people known to families on social media accounts that are hidden. At the same time, families must be added as friends on these accounts.
– Before sharing photos or videos on social media, the child should be told that the family should be asked.
– Internet and social media should be used in the family environment.
-Families should definitely talk to their children about which social media platforms can be used and which games can be played. A healthy communication is essential for building trust. Children will not follow the rules if they are treated oppressively.
– The use of safe search engines should be explained.
– Email accounts should be used with families.
-It should be explained that people met on the Internet can be harmful.
-It should be expressed that if the child feels threatened, child can tell the family.
Never forget that children grow up with role models. First of all, you should be an example to children by following these rules.