The frustration intensifies when one is dealing with illness or injury. There’s a big difference in maturity between a 13 year old and a 17 year old, yet some social networks and gaming platforms, are created precisely for that age range to mix and “hookup” socially. As a parent, surely you wouldn’t want your 13 year old to go to an 17 year olds party unsupervised?Most parents don’t have any idea who their children are talking to or playing with online.And mobile devices and laptops in the bedroom are the reason most of this goes on under their noses.Apps like Skout, Formspring, My LOL.net, Teenspot, and Chatroulette are totally inappropriate for teens for those afore mentioned reasons.Ask your kids what they and their friends are using.Pizzuro, commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, says this is challenging because new websites and apps are being created all the time.“What happens today changes three months from now, which changes three months from now as technology advances,” he said.New Jersey gets 2,500 cyber tips a year, the 5th highest total in the nation.
Here’s a great website that has reviews for parents of various movies, games, and social networks, including suggestions for suitable social media sites for kids and teens.
Any open public social media platform that encourages 13 year olds to mix socially with 17 year olds in an open online situation is going to risk serious problems, kids in these age groups are miles apart in maturity.
Facebook’s open age policy from 13yrs old upwards is already very dangerous, as it’s mixing kids with adults.
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” The ONLY safe environment for a Teen or child on an online social media platform is when they can only friend people they know in real life, and where meeting strangers online is NOT available.