X (Formerly Twitter)

Software Version: 10.32
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Edition: 2024

X, formerly known as Twitter, is the 5th most visited site in the world as of October 2023. Founded in 2006, the social media platform is widely used by people of all ages, including children, due to its message sharing capabilities. However, due to its “ease of use”, the platform that also makes it easy for users to share illegal and explicit content with a large audience. In 2023, the platform unbanned an account that had previously posted illegal child sex abuse material, or CSAM. Examples like this highlight the potential risks that come with social media apps. Privacy settings on X play a crucial role in protecting young users and can help ensure their online experiences are safe and positive.

This guide will provide steps to properly configure your child’s privacy settings on X. It’s encouraged to set these settings to be as private as possible and to do so with your child present to allow for open communication and questions.

Privacy Settings

X can be accessed in a variety of ways with the most common being through an internet browser, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, and dedicated applications for smartphones or tablets.

  • Browser:
    1. Log in to your child’s X account.
    2. On the left-hand side menu, select the More icon.
    3. Select Settings and Privacy.
  • Mobile:
    1. Log in to your child’s X account.
    2. Tap on the profile icon at the top of the screen.
    3. Select Settings and Privacy.
  • Privacy and Safety Settings:
    1. Click on Audience and Tagging and turn on Protect Your Posts. Turning on this setting will make your child’s profile private. Any new follower requests will need to be approved.
    2. Turn on Protect Your Videos. This means that videos posted or sent through direct messages will not be downloadable by default. This setting will only apply to new videos and will not apply to videos previously sent.
    3. Assess whether to turn Photo Tagging on or off. This is a good opportunity to discuss the importance of privacy with your child. Being tagged in a photo, even if it’s a photo with a close friend, case expose your child to a large audience if privacy settings are not in place on that friend’s account.
    4. Return to the main Privacy and Safety section and select Direct Messages.
    5. Under Direct Messages, you can decide who can message your child, whether audio or video calling is enabled, whether read receipts are enabled, and more.
    6. Return to Privacy and Safety and select Discoverability and Contacts. Here, you can select how other users may be able to find your child on X; options include email and phone number, as well as syncing address book contacts from their phone.
    7. Return to Privacy and Safety and select Data sharing and personalization
    8. In this section you can adjust Ad Preferences, which are advertisements based on your child’s X activity. You can also manage Inferred Identity, which enables X to track which devices your child as used to log in, as well as private information. Finally, you can control the settings on Location Information, which allows the app to track your child’s location history as well their current location.