Why Kids Should Not Have Social
Media Accounts Until They Are Older
by Matthew Amlong, Emma Duncan,
Megan Duncan, and Colton Souders
Despite the numerous times we’ve covered social media related topics this school year, we thought that this one really stuck out from the rest. This focuses on underage social media usage. Technically, users are supposed to be 13 or older, but many kids lie about their age to get a social media account.
We decided to interview high schoolers with long lost social media accounts. Finding people that had old accounts wasn’t actually that hard. We had the idea to do a "live reaction" when we asked them about their accounts. It came out great! We got some really funny reactions and we were pumped to start editing after that.
We decided to also interview Kerri Flynn because we felt like she has a lot of knowledge about this. She has two kids of her own, as well as all of her students at WHS.
After we got our interviews, it was time to slate and log, then write our script. It was coming along good.
When it was time to edit our story, we touched up the final product and couldn’t resist having a panda come up on the screen while Maddie was explaining the background behind her old Instagram account name.
Overall, this story took an interesting turn, but we think it actually came out really great! We hope you enjoy it and that it really drives home WHY social media platforms are not really intended for kids under 13.