Nick Bilton answers the question at what age it’s appropriate for youngsters to enter social media: “I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a parenting expert, but as someone who writes about the pros and cons of technology, I would be comfortable with letting children about 10 and older join public social media sites — with certain restrictions. Children have much to gain from being on social media. They can learn how to communicate in today’s connected world, and to find and share news and information. And sites like Instagram and YouTube allow them to be creative and share things they’ve made. But parents should be vigilant in monitoring what their child posts. In the age of cyberbullying, it also offers a teachable moment. It is imperative that children learn that what they say online can hurt others. Teaching someone digital empathy is a dozen times more difficult than teaching them empathy in real life. And whether we like it or not, this is part of parenting today.”

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