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Gen-X Mom vs. Millennial Mom on whether Instagram is OK for a 4 year old. What do you think?

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Karen Cahn

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Gen-X Mom vs. Millennial Mom on whether Instagram is OK for a 4 year old. What do you think?

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Karen Cahn

absolutely not - too young

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Claire HarnEnz

with the correct filters... maybe? it is just an odd concept to me.

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Galit

Age 4 is young--too young--for sure. But I do think we need to talk our kids about social media and how to use--directly, repeatedly, and by late elementary school. They're going to use it, and it's our job to teach hem how to do wisely, safely, and kindly.

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Molly Steinberg

OM-effing-G - NO. The younger mom be cray. Who lets their 4 year old have an instagram?

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Bailie Saltzman

Absolutely not, but sadly I know far too many kids whose parents must think its ok!

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Antigone Eurytion

My 4 year old already has an account on Tinder so she can set up play dates on her own. Ummmmm - NO.

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Susan Katz

4 is ridiculous.

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Alison Holt Howell

I was born the right at the cut off between Gen X and millennial. I'm kind of both. And I have a four-year-old. No Instagram is definitely not appropriate.

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Leah McPherson

Definitely not. I don't even like the idea of my 14 almost 15 year old having a Facebook, but at least he is more aware of things. My 10 year old decided one day he was going to get Instagram without asking (he was 8 at the time) I found out and he had posted a picture with our address on it! Luckily he only had his school friend on it and his uncle, but he was grounded from electronics for a while. I sat him down and discussed the dangers of doing that. I refuse to allow my kids below 14 to have social media. I don't care how many of their friends have one.

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patriciaj

Way too young. 13 seems about right since they will replicate that behavior in real life with or without social media.

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Francine Zuo

No way. I am totally against social media for kids that young. I think the detriments outweigh the benefits.

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Kathy Kendall-Callaghan

I won't even let my 10 yr old on Instagram. Kids don't have the appropriate context for what they see. What's a larger issue for me and why I've waited it out is the the time on Instagram is taking kids away from being creative, using imagination for play and connecting with real people! middle school = Instagram in our house until I get convinced otherwise

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rebeccajacobi

It's much too young. I think 10 sounds more reasonable.

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Karen Cahn

NO! Pre-Adolescent brain is not developed enough to understand what people mean when they type something, so social media is just a bad idea in general for kids. I'm fundamentally against it, and I work at a social media company!!!

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