Cyberbullying and Social Media Age Requirement


Given the power of social media to provide instant and far-reaching communication, it can be easy to “blame technology”; however, it is a social problem.  Parents and guardians must know when it is appropriate for their child to open and use social media accounts.

The minimum age to open an account on

  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat:  13 years old
  • LinkedIn: 14 years old
  • WhatsApp: 16 years old
  • Vine, Tinder and Yik Yak: 17 years old.

Some platforms, such as YouTube, WeChat and Kik, have a minimum age required of 18, although kids aged 13-17 can sign up with parent’s permission.