Psychologist, Saskhya Aulia Prima, said, children may have a personal social media account at the age of 13 years. Ideally, when the child is 16 years old.
However, sometimes children are difficult to limit the use of social media. Rather than parents banning children and then they would make the account secretly, Saskhya said, it’s better to maintain the principle of openness by establishing communication.
“Parents can pay attention to social media recommendations and games that the children will play,” Saskhya said.
Parents are encouraged to enter the child’s friends list on his social media account. Do not forget to also accompany the children when they are surfing the web.
Saskhya suggests for fathers and mothers to often discuss with children before and after their children use social media. That way, they will create an understanding space about the child’s point of view in assessing something and the child can understand the limits requested by his parents.
“Also, tell them not to randomly upload something on the internet, avoid having them using a webcam with strangers,” said the psychologist from Three Generations.
In addition, Saskhya reminded parents to tell their children not to give their social media account passwords to anyone. In fact, when parents want the password, then they are obliged to ask permission from the child because it is a personal matter. “When children want to meet with friends on social media, accompany them,” said Saskhya.