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What percentage of 11 and 12 year olds have social media?
An estimated 20% of kids between 8-12 years old, are using social media -- despite rules on most platforms that require users to be at least 13 to create an account.
Why is the age limit for Social Media 13?
Congress passed a law called the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in 1998 due to concerns about companies or other random people online collecting information from kids--like their name, phone number--and later photos and location--without parents’ knowledge. The law considered children a “vulnerable” group that should be protected from data mining.
How does social media negatively affect youth?