Children are the Permanent Social Media Underclass

“As Facebook turns fourteen, with Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat following closely behind, it’s a pivotal time to be thinking about children’s rights online. Over the years, parents around the world have shared posts about their children, from first steps to tantrums to hilarious moments (“Charlie bit my finger!”). Kids who are now old enough to have their own social-media accounts—the minimum age for a Facebook is thirteen—have likely had most of their lives documented and curated online, largely without their permission or input…

Becoming social-media savvy—and developing their own set of rules that help them control their online identity—is par for the course for many teenagers today.”

—Alex Mlynek. “Stop Mom, You’re Embarrassing Me.” TheWalrus.com. May 13, 2018.

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