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RCMP advises parents to be aware of age requirements on social media platforms to prevent risky online behaviour

Are your children old enough to be using social media platforms?

Not everyone knows that there’s an age requirement to be on these platforms.

Corporal Gord Olson with ICE, the Internet Child Exploitation unit of the Manitoba RCMP,
provides details here.

“Social media platforms are 13 plus so all the popular ones out there like Snapchat, Instagram, Tiktok, you have to be 13 or over to be on those platforms and we are seeing a bunch of younger kids being on those platforms.”  

Olson advises parents to make sure they know what their children are doing when they’re online, from who they’re talking to and what sites they’re accessing.

He says it’s best to actually check devices for yourself to ensure no risky behaviours are taking place.

Catch Thompson Today this afternoon at 12:40 and 5:10 to find out more about internet safety for your children.

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