Should Children be on Social Media



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             With TikTok being one of the current most popular social media platforms, the standards of content have changed. Family content creators are no exception to the new standard. TikTok’s ability to reach millions of viewers world wide with only a few hashtags is how many of the platform’s favorite kids rose to fame.                      

  Many parents that have a platform because of their children have been making the decision to no longer display their children’s faces and re-center their content. Maia Knight, a creator with 8.5 million followers, rose to fame over videos of her twin daughters. Knight announced the decision to stop showing her daughters online in December of 2022. Knight is not the first to make this announcement, and recently more creators have followed the lead. Laura Fritz is the most recent content creator to choose to discontinue her content centered around her children. Fritz’s account rose to popularity over a video of her daughter giving her flowers on Mother’s Day. Fritz made the announcement to her 2.7 million followers that she would no longer be producing content to her account. With many other creators following this lead, the leading question is; is the decision one other people should follow? 

  Content of children is becoming more controversial with more popular family based influencers. The dangers surrounding revealing personal information are concerning more parents, and leading to the decision of taking children off of social media. Social media is becoming more accessible, and finding information on people is easier than ever. 

  When something is uploaded to the internet, it is extremely difficult to get removed completely. Pictures, videos, or posts that are uploaded to social media also leave a digital footprint. This ‘footprint’ is a permanent trail that is left behind by participating in social media. Social media content is easily spread and subjected to be distributed.

  The decision of taking children off of social media protects them from having their pictures, videos, and information from being spread inappropriately. It also provides them with a blank digital footprint that they can influence themselves.