Many of the young people we work with at Ignite are around the ages of 11-13. Though we know many of these young people have an active presence on social media, we have made the decision as an organisation to not actively use or promote social media channels.
We made this decision on the basis that all the main social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.) require users to be aged 13 years or older. Young people using these platforms (who are under the age of 13) are breaking the terms and conditions of these platforms. Often it is the decision of the parent/guardian of a young person as to whether they are happy for their young person to be using social media before turning aged 13. However, as an organisation we didn't feel comfortable encouraging young people below the age of 13 to interact with us on social media. The growing evidence showing that Social Media brings significant health concerns for young people, only serves to increase our wariness as an organisation around using it.