Privacy Settings for Social Networks

Jesus said, I have come that you should have life, life in all its fullness. John, 10:10

All social media apps have a minimum age limit of 13 because the providers believe that younger children lack the maturity and ability to make wise decisions when using it. We know children feel pressure to have accounts but once they have them they are at risk of peer pressure e.g. they are always contactable and feel under pressure to respond and act. Research shows social media use creates huge stress for young people. We would not advise parents to give in to pressure for social media accounts. Whatever age your child has an account, you should be monitoring it daily to keep your child safe.

Social Networks

You can read about setting up safety features on the following platforms by clicking the links;

If you have any concerns about grooming, sexual abuse or exploitation on any online app or site, Report to CEOP (the National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) at CEOP Safety Centre (link is external). If you are concerned that your child is in immediate danger, call 999.

Note: The different apps regularly update both privacy and safety settings. Go to the app’s help section to check the current procedures. The positions of the settings may also differ on mobile and desktop versions.