DO you know the proper age a child needs to be in order to have a social media account across the most popular platforms?

We have compiled a list of the six most popular social media platforms and the ages at which the platforms require a child to be before an account is made.


Worcester News: TikTok.TikTok. (Image: Alamy/PA)

According to the popular video-sharing application, users need to be 12 and over to have an account on TikTok.

The app has a 12+ rating in the Apple App Store and is listed as 'parental guidance recommended' on the Google Play Store.


Worcester News: Instagram and Threads.Instagram and Threads. (Image: Yuk Moi/PA)

Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account.

Any accounts that represent someone under the age of 13 must state in the bio section that the account is managed by a parent or a manager.


Worcester News: Facebook.Facebook. (Image: PA)

Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account.

If you create a Facebook account with false information, you would be breaching the website's terms.

This also includes any accounts registered on behalf of someone under 13.

Twitter (X)

Worcester News: Twitter (X).Twitter (X). (Image: Yui Mok/PA)

Twitter, or 'X', also requires users to be 13 years of age or older. If you do not meet the age requirements, your account can be locked and you’ll receive a notice asking for parental consent to re-activate it.


Worcester News: Snapchat.Snapchat. (Image: PA)

The minimum age for Snapchat users is 13 years old. The app however does not use any means to verify ages.


Worcester News: WhatsApp.WhatsApp. (Image: Nicholas T Ansell/PA)

Like the majority of the other social media and instant messaging platforms, you need to be 13 and over to use WhatsApp.

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Parental controls can help you safely block inappropriate content for children when using social media. 

According to the NSPCC, parental controls work across your WiFi, phone network, individual apps and devices.

They can help you plan what time of day your child can go online and how long, create content filters to block apps that may have inappropriate content and manage the content different family members can see.

For more information on parental controls, you can visit the NSPCC website.