AGE 16–17Icon UkUk Lesson Plan

How Young Is Too Young for Social Media? (UK)

At what age should people be allowed to use social media?

Children and young people have to be at least 13 to sign up for most social media platforms. But we know that many work around this restriction. By doing so they can connect with peers and have fun, but they're also susceptible to a number of risks, from privacy to bullying to challenges to their social-emotional well-being. Reflecting on when children and young people should be allowed to use social media can help us think through the risks and rewards of using social media, regardless of our age.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Explain why websites that collect personal information have an age requirement of 13.
  • Identify the risks of targeted advertising, especially when it is targeted to children.
  • Use the "Take a Stand" thinking routine to explore different perspectives about what age is best for starting to use social media.
Key Vocabulary: targeted advertising
targeted advertising:
advertisements that are shown to you based on information that has been collected about you (location, browsing history, interests, age, etc.)
Privacy & Security

Lesson Plan

45 mins.

What You'll Need

Classroom resources

Take-home resources

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