Is There a Difference for Kids?
The online world is increasingly a focus for young kids, especially as tablets, smartphones, games, and other online interactions take up more of their time. A 2017 report from Common Sense Media found that even the youngest kids, ages 8 and under, spend more than two hours a day with screen media — and more of that time is happening on mobile devices that can seem tethered to their bodies.
Which social media services are age restricted?
WhatsApp has just announced a change to its terms and conditions for users based in Europe. Users will now need to be 16 to use WhatsApp.
Nearly all other social media services require users to be at least 13 years of age to access and use their services. This includes Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Musical.ly and Skype.
Whilst there is no age restriction for watching videos on YouTube, users need to be 13 or older to have their own YouTube account (enabling them to subscribe to other channels, like videos, post comments, share their own content and flag inappropriate content).
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