In our most recent blog, we talk about the importance of enforcing age restrictions for social media. Within the article, we discuss how certain social media sites can be safe for children to access, but only with parental oversight and effective risk prevention measures in place.
This is because most social media sites are intended for users 13-years and over, and there’s no guarantee that all of the content shared within them will be safe for younger audiences. To read more about the importance of social media age restrictions, click here.
Spotify is an example of a social networking platform that is typically intended for older users, but can be used by younger users as well. To create an account, users must be 18 or older, or be 13 or older and have a parent or guardian consent to the Agreements on their behalf.
This is partly due to the potential for exposure to inappropriate content, but also largely due to the fact that, unlike other well known sites such as Facebook and Instagram, Spotify Premium isn’t a free service. (Of course, users can opt for a free account, but this service is only made possible through repetitive advertising.)
Spotify App Review: Is It Safe For Children?
Those with a Spotify subscription will no doubt struggle to imagine life without it; we’ve all grown accustomed to having constant, on demand access to an endless supply of our favourite songs and musicians.
Music adds tremendous value to our lives, and young people benefit from having access to it as much as we do. Some children even find that listening to music while studying or completing homework assists with concentration.
According to Common Sense Media, “Parents who are concerned about lyrical content should also know that teens using Spotify can easily search for and find songs with iffy subject matter, so they may want to supervise their kids’ listening selections. One good place to start: Spotify-created playlists for kids, launched in 2016. Using music, dancing, singing, and prompts from singing groups and celebrities like Tyler Perry and Frankie J, the playlists can help kids learn new words and concepts. Activities, designed for age 0–3 and 3–5, also encourage kids (and parents) to clap, match beats, and perform movements, such as sitting up and standing down.”
Click here to read their full review.
In summary, Spotify can be a safe app for young people to use, so long as parents are actively involved and have continuous oversight. As it stands, there is no way to prevent young people from coming across songs containing explicit language, though there is a public petition for Spotify to add this as a feature. To learn more about this, or to vote in favour of this change, click here.