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Monday, May 7, 2012

What Age Is Appropriate For Facebook?


Here's a question for all you Moms and Grandmas out there!  What age is appropriate for a child to be allowed to have a Facebook account?? 

Both sides of this issue have been debated and discussed and tossed about, but so far there doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule.  My seventeen and eighteen year old grandkids have had accounts for a few years.  I can't remember just how old they were when their parents gave the okay, but I can tell you the were supervised for the first couple years.  No free reign for them.  Oh, I am sure they got away with some sneaky stuff as all kids do, but for the most part, Mom and or Dad were on their friends list and monitoring the goings on on their sites.


There are thousands of preteens begging their parents for permission to get on Facebook.  Mark Zuckerberg want to undercut the "no one under the age of 13" rule and allow younger children to be on Facebook.  Is this a good idea?  How safe is it, really?

There are concerns about bullying, sexting, image building or tearing down, predators, and just plain not being mature enough to know when comments or statuses are inappropriate.  Parents can and should teach their young ones early on about the dangers, and cautions for anyone who uses the internet.  But, is that enough?


What are your thoughts on this?  How have you or those in your family dealt with this issue?  Do you think preteens are safe online?  Would you allow it?  Why or why not?
I have a twelve and a thirteen year old waiting for your words of wisdom!  (Okay, they aren't waiting, but at least one of the Moms is wanting to hear from you!)

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10 comments:

  1. We allowed it around here in Middle School, but we still monitor our youngest daughter's account (she is in 8th grade). Our older daughter is in college, and she is very careful about FB because of interviews, etc.

    I think HS is the right age, but we caved with our younger daughter. SHe will be in HS in the fall, but we will still continue to monitor her FB page.

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    1. Ricki Jill - Thank you for sharing your thoughts. This is helpful. I agree that monitoring is very necessary. It can be a scary world out there!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. Honestly, I don't think any age is old enough. I had a facebook account for a short time. The one thing I noticed, people say things they would normally not say out loud. Also, a lot people are just not careful, they put way too much personal info and pictures on their that anyone can see. My hubby and I both decided we did not have the time to waste on it, and we won't allow our children to use it ever. Maybe that is extreme, but I feel like my time would be better spent elsewhere. That's just me, I don't have a problem with anyone using FB.

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    1. Melissa - I know a lot of folks who are not on facebook, either because they don't have time or they aren't interested in it. It is not for everyone. You are so right that a lot of people are not careful about what they put online, and that is often offensive to me and others. Caution is the key to being safe online! Thanks for giving us your view!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. So glad that my grands are all grown up now. Hugs

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    1. Ginger - Me, too. This is a worry and I wouldn't want to listen to the pleading from the young ones. :-)
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. I resisted FB for a long time. I am 43, but now find it is a very valuable tool to keep up with the kids in church and reach out to them. They may not respond to you at church like they would on line. I also use it a lot to keep up with church information like women's ministry events and so forth.

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    1. Bobbie - Thanks for taking a minute to weigh in here! Facebook is a great way to keep up with the kids and events coming up. I do that, too.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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    1. Kathy - Thanks for your input. I agree with the monitoring...till they are 65! Haha...just kidding. You are being very wise about this issue.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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