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Is there any research on pros/cons of allowing young kids (8-11) to participate on social online networks (age appropriate ones, not Facebook)?

Just to be clear, I mean participation with the assumption of 100% parental control and supervision, and in moderation in terms of time consumptionm, not affecting other parts of life.

What interests me is the effect of the actual social networking aspect of social networks, positive or negative.

What I'm NOT asking about:

  • I'm well aware of and not interested in things like danger of child predators or accidental exposure to age-inappropriate material which parental supervision can eliminate or mitigate sufficiently.

  • I'm not asking about effects of a child choosing to socialize online at the expense of other activities including in person socialization.

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I will assume you mean for the child to have his/her own account? –  Noah Jun 13 '14 at 14:16
If that's the case, then I'd strongly advise against it until your kids are 13, mostly due to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Sites like Facebook do not allow accounts for users under the age of 13, and misrepresenting your child's age is a violation of their Terms of Service, as it forces them to violate federal law. –  Noah Jun 13 '14 at 14:23
@Noah - Yes, that would be a safe assumption to make. But with 100% full access and monitoring by the parent to that account, perhaps realitime –  user3143 Jun 13 '14 at 15:54
@Noah - I'm not an expert but I recall that there are explicitly child-centric social sites. I didn't mean Facebook necessarily. –  user3143 Jun 13 '14 at 15:55
For sites that are specifically child-centric, then that's at your discretion. Many "all-age" social networking sites don't want to deal with the COPPA-compliance headache and just don't allow sub-13 users (check their terms). I'm also interested in the associated research, so I +1'd the question. –  Noah Jun 13 '14 at 16:13

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There are more than a few studies done on the growth of grade school children in terms of their impact on social and academic success. Just a quick google brought these up:

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Would you mind posting highlights/summaries of the research please? Link-only answers are generally considered not a good thing for a variety of reasons on SE. –  user3143 Jun 18 '14 at 10:57

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