Thank YOU! I was very apprehensive about this. I was not loving the idea at all.Don’t do it until level 9 AND middle school. The awfulness of social media and the actual evil of people who follow these accounts isn’t worth bragging rights, free leotards, reposts by your gym, or anything else. Yes, it’s hard if your daughter is the only one in a training group who isn’t offered free leotards or equipment from brands or getting attention and reposts from her gym’s main Instagram account. But it really just comes down to being used as free marketing for a brand, a gym, a meet, etc. Play it cool, fly under the radar, and let their scores speak for themselves.
Thank you!!@MelPolito Here are a couple of good ones for you...
I'd like to thank @Summer01 for starting this thread. I'm going to promote this thread as I really think this is a great question... When do parents set up an instagram for their child?chalkbucket.com
Since my DD is starting this process, and since the information exchange seems pretty asymmetric with all the information tilted toward the programs I thought I would start this thread to see if others would want to compare notes, observations, experiences, and opinions. My DD is a freshman in...chalkbucket.com
I agree, social media is not good for kids. The accounts I’ve seen are run by the parents. I’d rather not have to do any of that unless it would truly benefit them.My daughter just turned 17, not a level 10. Got Instagram a month ago, her choice.
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I have often wondered this myself. My daughter is a 9 year old Level 5 and she's been asking for an Instagram account because so many others have them on her team. I originally said not until Optionals but now that's fast approaching and I still think she's too young. I agree 9th grade is probably best.Hello, I have 2 daughters who compete USAG. One is Level 6 (9yrs old) and the other Level 4 (8yrs old). I have seen many of their teammates have an Instagram account. Is this something I should be doing for them?
I agree 9th grade is probably best.
Ok got it, good to know!9th grade would be too late if they are a high level kid in 7th or 8th grade. If they are a L9/10 in 7th or 8th grade I would definitely get one going.
The recruiting rules have changed... but this does not mean that they are not looking at 7th and 8th grade L9/10's. The rules changed I believe when my daughter was in 7th grade (this was her second year as a L10)... she was already getting fairly massive interest at the time. I didn't really get it because she was just a little kid... but as coach I received many comments from college coaches about keeping them in the loop. We didn't have an Instagram for her at that time... it would have been much easier.
it’s not just having an Instagram account.9th grade would be too late if they are a high level kid in 7th or 8th grade. If they are a L9/10 in 7th or 8th grade I would definitely get one going.
Exactly what I was going to say. If a parent wants to allow their child to have a social media account, that's their choice as a parent. In regards to when a gymnast who wishes to be recruited should have a social media account, for their gymnastics, that is that level 9 area.Many of the athletes have a personal account and then a "gym" account.
It's a personal choice... but I recommend that the personal one is private and the gym one is public. However... my wife still removes weird followers off of my daughter’s public gym account all the time.
I agree about social media being addictive. I was asking more as I would be the only one with access to the account. My daughter does not have a phone yet and I do plan to keep that as long as possible.Just want to comment as a +1 to what others are saying.
Social media these days is for commerce. If your daughter has anything to gain from social media exposure, you should give her the resources to "advertise" herself under proper parental supervision. Please keep in mind that social media is addictive and has known negative side effects—especially for young people. I work in technology and can personally confirm that these systems are designed to be addictive.
If I were a parent I would wait until my daughter was at least 15 years old to have a social media account. If there is sufficient peer (or financial) pressure, I would recommend having a shared account that you could actively moderate.