According to the New York Times, a 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project reported that 38 percent of 12-year-olds in the United States participate in social networks. And in June 2011, Consumer Reports estimated that about 7.5 million people who use Facebook are younger than 13.
It is important to note that Instagram reveals user's locations. When I created an account, one of the first things it showed me was other users near me, and showed me where they lived. Scary.
Instagram encourages users to create a Photo Map. While it is possible to turn that off, it's clear from my usage that most teens don't do so and the world knows exactly where they are and where they've been. Giving Out Personal Information Is Dangerous no FOCUS
The smallest bit of information could be harmful
Here are 3 reasons not to let your kids on social networking sites for you and your spouse to consider together.
4. Wasted Time
I know how easy it can be for me as an adult to spend more time that I intended on Pinterest or YouTube at any given time! Children have almost no concept of time, and may spend hours browsing and surfing the web. This is something that each parent can view as a problem or something that makes no difference on his or her own. Just be aware of this possibility!
3-Pupils spending too much time on social media sites have lower academic grades
Statistics show that pupils using social media too often tend to have GPA’s of 3.06 compared to GPA’s of 3.82 for pupils who don’t use social media.
An even scarier fact is that students who use social media tend to score 20 % lower on their test scores then their counterparts.
5-Social media is the cause for less face to face communication
Social networking sites lack privacy and expose users to government and corporate intrusions. 13 million users said they had not set or did not know about Facebook's privacy settings and 28% shared all or nearly all of their posts publicly. The US Justice Department intercepted 1,661 pieces of information from social networking sites and e-mails in 2011. The 2009 IRS training manual teaches agents to scan Facebook pages for information that might "assist in resolving a taxpayer