Preparing kids for their first social media account

Assess if your child is mature enough to handle such an account, and then set ground rules and expectations

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Earlier this year, Ms Cheryl Chan offered her eight-year-old daughter, Raequelle Zhang, her own YouTube channel.

The administrative executive did so even though Raequelle is below the minimum age of 13 stipulated for social media accounts on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Typically, age requirements are not strictly enforced and kids under 13 can use such accounts as long as their parents approve them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2021, with the headline Preparing kids for their first social media account. Subscribe