Most of us have heard of Facebook’s age limit. Less commonly known is that many other popular social media services have restrictions for kids and young people. Those are set for three main reasons:
1) Protecting children’s privacy. Many companies providing social media services are based in USA. According to US law, users under 13-year old are not allowed to create an account on services that collect personal information, such as whole name and email address. This applies all users.
2) Understanding that kids are kids. Young children don’t always have enough wisdom to make smart decisions online.
3) Keeping children safe. Many of the mainstream social media services are targeted to youth and grown-ups. They are not as supervised as products specifically made for younger children and therefore put the kids in a higher safety risk.
In some services, it’s possible for an underaged kid to use the product with a verifiable parental consent. Other services forbid kids under a certain age completely.
List of restrictions
We made a list of the widely used social media and their age limitations. Due to country specific restrictions, the age requirements can be higher than listed.