Facebook for children - How old should they be before they get an account?

Pam - posted on 11/20/2009 ( 124 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 12 and says many of her friends have Facebook accounts. I think 12 is too young. I let her play some of the games under my account (fishing, farmville). Should kids have Facebook?

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Delaney - posted on 06/15/2013

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Hi, I'm twelve, and I think as long as you monitor her usage, it should be fine. I got mine last year, and the deal was if somebody sent me a friend request, my mom had to okay it. If I sent them a request, it was fine. Technically, your supposed to be 13, but next to nobody actually follows that rule. In fact, my eight year old cousin has one, but her mom is monitoring. In my opinion, twelve is to young, because they dont know internet security. If you allow your girl to get one, set it up with her, and show her around, give her the grand tour, and teach her about internet security, dont forget to alter the privacy settings!

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Facebook has got a policy for that: kids shouldn´t have an account till they are 13. Why breaking the rules with something like that? It is teaching the wrong lesson for something stupid, isn´t it? Facebook is not vital at all, we can perfectly survive without it and so can kids under 13.

Nica - posted on 11/23/2012

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hi, a little advice from a computer programmer. children are on FB from the age of 8. yes, 8. mine started when she was 9 because all her friends and cousins had an account. my advice is: 1) know their password and check on their chats and email at least once a week. check their friends too. you don't need to tell them you are spying!!!!! 2) my biggest advice is do you know how to use a computer? if not, don't give them an account. if you know than it is easy to check on them. what you should check constantly is the security settings because they change constantly. don't put their pics on the home page because this could attract pedophiles. mine had a flower. if they want to share pics with friends, check that the security settings are for friends only. also, check that no one apart from their friends can see their wall and posts. I have seen many accounts owned by little children that had no security and were open to all because parents cannot use computers. one of them is my niece, she has nice parents, they are both teachers but are both very bad with computers. so I check on her account from time to time. if you cannot use a pc I would advise you to take a course because these days children live on the internet and you cannot stop their modern life by preventing them access. the best thing to do is to give in and be smart.

Valerie - posted on 01/23/2013

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i don´t think kids should have Facebook, because it´s addictive, inappropriate, there´s a lot of hacking and it´s dangerous for my child.

Nicola - posted on 10/14/2012

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Biggest mistake I ever made allowing Facebook accounts, their homework goes out the window in high school

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Kelley - posted 3 days ago

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I am hoping that Facebook is losing its popularity. Just like all of the other posting sites, please let them know with caution what they put on. The data that is uploaded (pictures etc) is now being tagged for "meta" data and most importantly is the PROPERTY of FACEBOOK.
I bought my daughter a journal and a paint easel and camera and told her that when we start taking pictures etc that she is more than welcome to open an instragram (still not crazy about that and hoping it grows out by then.
The digital age is a scary one and should always be handled with care.
The more that kids are tagging their live and taking pictures of everything, the more that they miss out on the moment
Just my two silly cents anyway.

Mack - posted on 03/16/2014

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there's something called restriction. i'm 14 but my doesn't allow me to have a facebook a/c. i've tried telling her that if i was on facebook i'd give her my password and all but she says Facebook is a waste of time. can someone give me persuasive answers???

Michelle - posted on 03/01/2014

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I don't think any kids should have Facebook's. But then again children have different maturity levels. My 13 year old and 11 year old both want facebooks but I wont let them until they are about 15

Michael - posted on 02/16/2014

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Dear Face-book, mums and dads and Honourable Members of Parliament
In Australia it is my understanding, it is illegal for a minor (16 years and Under) to enter into a contract without parental consent. Even in our school system, high schools require parental permission to allow for photographs to be used in school promotion material, media exposure etc.
Parental permission is required for their under 16 year old to work at Mcdonalds , have a pre paid mobile phone account etc.
It seem as if face book operates under a different set of laws please advise which countries laws apply to face book and which ones don’t?
I am interested in which country you are based and what LEGAL FRAMEWORK is in place to with relation to minors( 16yrs and Under) in that country. What is your policy on this dealing with minors?
I question whether you can legally enter into a contract or agreements with minors knowingly without parental consent and understand this may be in conflict with many counties laws in which you operate and therefore be void ab initio.
Awaiting your comment and advice.
Michael

A caring father

Again at what price are we again allowing our children/ young people to play with something that they don’t yet fully understand, that has the potential to cause harm to themselves and others now and or into the future?

And what link is there between an increase in the uptake of social media by our youth and the increase in depression, self harming, bulling, metal illness and youth suicide?

Michael - posted on 02/16/2014

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Dear caring fathers, mothers

At what price are we again allowing our children/ young people to play with something that they don’t yet fully understand, that has the potential to cause harm to themselves and others now and or into the future?

And what link is there between an increase in the uptake of social media by our youth and the increase in depression, self harming, bulling, mental illness and youth suicide?

Thanking you for assisting the most vulnerable in our community and standing up for our young people( our children) who are through no fault of their own, been sweep along with the hype.

At what cost?

Kind Regards


Michael

A wise man once said
“Exploitation takes many forms, some are just more sophisticated than others, sometimes packaged seductively and a little difficult to see -at first”.

Jillian - posted on 01/28/2014

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My 13 year old has Facebook only because I monitor it. If you do make sure you monitor it but not all the time. Do you trust your daughter? If so then let hr have one. My daughter got one at age 13 only because she legally has to be 13. Its up to you but I say yes.

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2014

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I think the longer we can avoid Facebook for kids, the better. Online bullying has gotten extreme the past few years.

Emilia - posted on 01/15/2014

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My daughter got one for her thirteenth birthday, because you legally have to be that old. She was super excited.

Hailey Marue - posted on 01/10/2014

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Hi Hailey I wanted to say kids my age and below should have a kid Facebook Account that's fair isn't it but no one else knows about it

Amanda - posted on 12/28/2013

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My husband and i have let our children get facebook when they enter fifth grade which is considered middle school for them we moniter the page everyday and all friend request is approved or disapproved by us. They dont even get their log in info till they reach high school. I dont see the problem if u have the time to keep an eye on it

Angela - posted on 12/24/2013

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QUOTE:

"being able to know the diffetence between good and bad or wrong and wright"

The examples you gave are good ones, Yusmila Burke. But general literacy MUST come before computer literacy ..... if your own literacy was a little more advanced you'd see the howler you just typed, LOL!!

I would also advise that kids use computers WITHOUT the Internet and develop good, old-fashioned typing skills.

I was a secretary & learned to type on an old-fashioned manual typewriter. It's a skill that stays with me. I just roll my eyes when I watch these so-called computer experts in action - they don't even have the correct fingering for their typing - they LOOK at the keyboard and their fingers!!

Yusmila - posted on 12/06/2013

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I think that facebook and computets should not being introduce to joung kids .as a mother i think that facebook and other side are to dangerous and there is to many people out there that are not safe keep you kids busy at home doing laundry cleaning playing or teching them how to cook or making things together there is not better education than the one you give at home keeping then save is keeping then out of the big world wich is computer at list until they can protect then self and being able to know the diffetence between good and bad or wrong and wright that is just my opinion as we all think different good luck.

Adya - posted on 11/03/2013

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i think that children of 10 years should have an account under adult supervision

TiborHmilasky - posted on 08/21/2013

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preac lebo me tut na kamav caje lebo hin man aver a arakjum peske pekalo facbook caja ta prace misto

TiborHmilasky - posted on 08/21/2013

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TiborHmilasky - posted on 08/21/2013

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Simone - posted on 12/01/2009

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my daughter is the same age and she is not having a facebook account. me myself i think it's way to young and kids should not have facebook. she can't have a myspace either, she has a msn but she only has school friends and family on that so im fine with that. you have to watch your children on those web sites, these adults on there playing as kids, 1 asked my daughter how big are her breasts so i banned her from going on it. so just watch what shes on.

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