Is a 10 year old too young to have a facebook account?? I think so but others don't.... am I wrong??

Gloria - posted on 09/13/2010 ( 59 moms have responded )

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I know FB has an age ristriction I believe you have to be 14 years old, but i've run across family memeber who allow their children to create a FB and put a different age. I am so against this.... what are ya'll thougths, am i being a too over protected mother??

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Aleena - posted on 07/21/2013

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no way, I know a 10 year old and he has usen his facebook account better than my 22 year old cousin. Kids deserve to have their own facebook. Their is nothing wrong with that. If I say so myself, a kid deserves a facebook betten than an adult for as long as they don't spend any real money on it.

Rebecca - posted on 09/17/2010

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Yes I believe 10yrs old is too young for a FB account. My daughters are 13 and just now have their FB pages but I must sign them in and see ALL material and approve of friends. Yes I may be strict and over protective but in todays age anyone can see your page even with all the restrictions. Today the internet is very powerful and we do need to keep a very close eye on what we allow our children to see and do on it. Our computer is our living room and I am always nearby when the children are on it. They are also on a time restraint when being on the computer.

Monray - posted on 06/09/2014

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why cant a 10 year old child get a facebook acount ???????????????what is wrong with that!!!!!!!(huh)??????????????????

ZACHARY - posted on 11/11/2013

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I AM 10 YEARSOLD AND I SAY THAT WE KIDS SHOULD HAVE TWITTER AND FACE BOOK TO CHECK THINGS OUT AND ONLY HAVE THE RIGHT FRIENDS FOR THIS SO WE CAN NOT GET INTO PERVS/PEDOS

Candi - posted on 09/13/2010

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My 2 oldest kids are 10 and 11 and they won't even ask for a facebook b/c they know my answer!We are a military family and we move every few years. I have taught them how to use pen and paper, they know how to use a phone...they do not have a cell phone either! They both have an email acct that my husband and I paid for. I am going to do all I can to protect my children. I just feel Facebook and the other social network sites are asking for trouble.

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Kate - posted on 06/10/2014

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I am pretty sure you have to be 18 to have a Facebook account. You could always say you are older but that would be wrong.

Chet - posted on 06/10/2014

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I think it depends on why your child wants a Facebook account. I can think of select situations where I might see it as reasonable. That said, I've done everything to help our 10 year old develop interests in other things and I'm glad that she doesn't want to be on Facebook.

Madison - posted on 04/30/2014

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I agree with Kendall Dresden. But, then I still think about what he or she said. Ok, so I still want a FB. Then, at the same time I think that Kendall is wrong. You are a kid you have to be with us. Ok, I want to be on instagram, twitter, face book , face time , and all the others. I have to say something important listen and think about it. I know how you mothers and fathers feel about us always asking you guys. But, some times please listen to what we are saying. I know how it feel I'm 10 and I always bug my mom about it. Now moms out there Listen Carefully to what I'm saying. I have a question for you mothers out there. Here's the question Would you give your child a phone or a face book page. Now fathers The question for you guys is. Would you give your child a instagram or a iphone 5s with a gold case That's all I have to say to you guys. P.s. mothers and fathers you have to pick which one and buy it for them or let them have one!!!!!! Happyfacebye........

Olivia - posted on 04/12/2014

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I am 10 I think if you are only friends with : Friends and Family *two f* then you should be fine 10 year olds have instagrams *I have one* twitters *I have one* and fb *asking grandma* and they are fine SO YEA lol just watch ur kid!
xoxo
Olivia!!!!!!! 10 yrs

Amy - posted on 01/30/2014

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i think it is okay to have a fb but its your chose if you want (him or her) to have fb then do if you dont then dont

Barbara - posted on 01/03/2014

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I AM ALSO 10 YEARS OLD IN YEAR SIX.
I think that us 10 yrs should be allowed a FB account 'cause most of us are mature and not STUPID! we've all been taught about internet safety 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times! we know we shouldn't except messages from people we don't know, we know about viruses. We know about it all and we all are taught the same thing every year of our school lives. I have been going to school for years and guess when we started internet safety?..... the second day of reception! so here is a message to all those mums out there....
10 year olds are NOT stupid on the internet. And FYI, kids as young as six can be cleverer than parents when it comes to all this complicated internet stuff. (That last sentence was nothing to do with FB i just wanted to let that out!)

Kendall Dresden - posted on 11/06/2013

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Hi I am 10 and my mom says I am not allowed having a FB account after looking at the posts it made me think twice about FB,twitter,youtube etc etc I think that my mom is right not to let me have facebook and that is final I think all the kids that have or want Facebook should think twice like I did.Hope this is Helpful. FACEBOOK is inapropriet and Horrible for young people 15 and under. Sorry for the misspelled words remember amonly 10 and I 4th grade BYE.

Dina - posted on 02/01/2013

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I put 2002 instead of 1972 IDK what I was thinking but now I can't get an account because it wont allow thinking I'll lie, so I can't check it for my daughter, Jenna who is 10. If somebody could help, message me PLEASE!

Rowan Marie - posted on 08/12/2012

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Your not being a over protected mom, my kid is 13 and still has no FB account

Shanaz - posted on 08/19/2011

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You are so right! Don't let him go on FB yet,he is too young for that,I've a 10 yr old boy too he asked me the same thing a few days back even told me his cousin has an FB account when he is 13 so why can't I ?...I explain him in detail why he should'nt,like,this the age you should spend your time studying,learning,sports,spending time outside,why is physical activity is important for his age then sitting and chatting with friends on FB,....am just pissed off with mothers who let their young kids on on any social site! They don't realize how they are ruining their own children's life,come on everybody knows what do these young kids do if you let them use any social sites or if you let them use computer when you can't watch them! Tell me one thing,any kid or even a teenager will he/she pick study over FB? never,and if they don't concentrate on studies now then when? They have their whole life to do all these things in life so why is the hurry?

Nathalie - posted on 08/12/2011

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I'm on my wife's account... she let me use this to respond. My daughter is 10, and she's just as inquisitive and demanding about her 'independence' as I could imagine any 10-year old to be. She's asked, demanded, pleaded and begged for quite sometime for a facebook account. She's used the 'but, daddy, all my friends have it' to which I replied 'name me 5 of your friends?'. She couldn't. I asked her what did she hope to gain from having a facebook account and her response was to keep in touch with her friends. I asked, what friends are you referring to that you don't see everyday at school and have access to in an unlimited capacity during the summer? She had no response. My point to all of this was, and I explained to her that just by having a facebook account does not keep you more in touch with the friends you have--especially when you're at the age where all the friends you have are the ones you see/live around/exposed to on a daily basis. My point of reason to all of this, is that a child at the age of 10 knows life, for the most part, by what is directly around her. Being in a military life, my daughter has made friends that have moved away--some that she has moved away from, however, she remembers very little if anything of those friends--therefore, are irrelevant to her in her life as it is now. She has memories, stories and fond recollections, but it is not a major impact on her life as it stands now. What she knows and cares about is what's going on right now in her life. What friends she has right now. Children at the age of 10 and older, in my opinion have no real reason to have a social media account because they still have the benefit of not needing that outlet to communicate. They can go to playgrounds, make a call on a phone, have a sleep over.

Kim - posted on 08/09/2011

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My daughter is 11 and while I am not against FB, I don't think that she should have one. She can email, text and Skype all of her friends.

Julia - posted on 08/01/2011

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my daughter is 11 and she does not hav her own f/b she goes on mine and i can then control wot she does on it then but she is not hav her own. and no ur not being over protective mother as i know some frieds hav let there kids hav there own and they r 11 or younger and they dont know wot they hav on there pages some times or wot they say in chat

K - posted on 07/30/2011

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I say no way! I say set up an email account if its a must, at least that way only their friends and family have access and its not on the web forever. I've had employee's that are in their early 20's that have stuff on facebook they regret. I don't think a 10yr old has great judgement at all. just my opinion! I think we need to say no when other parents just give in, we had a friends child just get a cell phone he just turned 7 get real! can't kids just play with walkie talkies like we did. I think saying no might actually be a benefit at this stage in life its only going to get worse!

Desiree - posted on 07/27/2011

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My daughter has been asking for one for a year now, but I wont let her. She is too young. If she wants to play the games, then she can go onto mine or her Dad's when we say its ok. But I think there is too much stuff out there that is really inappropriate. I might consider it when she is 12 or 13. She does have and email, a cell phone ( both of which we monitor closely ) and plays a few approved online games. But I think social networking is not age appropriate. They can get into too much trouble too easily. If that makes me a big meany then so be it.

Tina - posted on 07/26/2011

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I would not think that would be a good idea alone, have it as a family only, that way it would be safer I would hope.

Grisell - posted on 07/26/2011

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If you are an over protected mom, then glad to meet you, me too. I have 2 kids (17 & 9) and the oldest got his at 15 (with the family among the contacts) and the one with 9 only socialize thru mine. Other parents allow it? Well, is my PC in my house, so are my rules. Want to change it? Study hard, get a career, get a job, get a house, buy your own PC, and pay your own bills.

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My 10 yr old has complained to my husband and I about not having a Facebook account when all of his friends do. Currently it helps that the age restriction backs up my opinion that he is too young. I have mixed concerns about children of that age having a Facebook page because of the amount of cyber bulling that goes on. There are a large number of parents who do not monitor their children on the computer and I don't want him subjected to inappropriate comments. I have little control of it while he is in school but I have total control of it in my own home. In our home we try and instill honesty high up on a list of what we expect from each other as a family, what message does it send if you tell your child not to lie but it's ok to lie about your age to get around the rules of Facebook. They are set in place for a reason, if you allow them to lie about that what else are you going to allow them to lie about so that they can get their own way.

Rebecca - posted on 01/02/2011

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Well, my daughter is 11 and I recently allowed her to have a facebook, but there are strict rules...I am to know her password at all times, and if I am unable to log in to her account it will be automatically deleted...I log in to her account daily to see what she is up to and make sure she is not being inappropriate in any way, and she is not allowed to approve any friend requests without going over who it is and how she knows them, and her profile is kept as private...this has been great because it has allowed her to stay in contact more often with family that we otherwise dont talk to that often...

Kim - posted on 01/02/2011

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My son has been playing on my husband's account since he was 9. My husband does not use his account. I was very concerned when he liked Yoville a lot. I caught people saying inappropriate things not knowing he was a kid. He doesn't play that much anymore but I have been thinking of seeing if I could change the account to his name now that he is 11 and I know a lot of kids younger than him that have their own accounts. I do not let him friend anyone even on my husband's account with out my consent and he might as well have his own account.

Jenann - posted on 12/24/2010

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I'm getting into this discussion a little late!! My son is turning 13 soon and will get his fb account on that day! I feel there are many steps in life that are marked by an age and by allowing him to have an account earlier would impact his respect for the other age limitations set-forth in life. In other words...if I can have a fb early, why can't I drive early....drink early....etc! We have held off, for that reason!

Pamela - posted on 10/01/2010

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No, you are not being over protective. I do not allow my kids to be on facebook and/or computer unless I know what they are doing. Too many crazy people out there. Children this age should be running around outside having fun.

Kerry - posted on 09/30/2010

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the age for a child to have fb is 13. i think every parent should decide what is right for their child, both my teenagers do have fb but i do moniter every thing they do, i make sure i know their passwords aswell. my lil boy is going to be 11 in november and i did create an account for him because the girls had 1, if he goes on it it is always when he is sitting next to me nd he doesnt know the password so cant go on when im not around.

Mandy - posted on 09/30/2010

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my daughter is 11 and kept pestering me for a facebook account and kept telling me ALL her friends were on it. I then gave in but made sure that i know her password and that i am also a friend of her too. Within 1 hour of her signing up to facebook she had all her school friends, and now has a great time chatting with friends and playing games

S. - posted on 09/30/2010

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your not wrong each to there own, i was dead against it till she turned 11 went to high school and all her friends have it, however i set it up i have her password and she knows i will check it any time that i want to she's also not aloud to add ppl without showing me 1st she knows if she breaks any of my rules she'll be straight off it and her account closed

Elizabeth - posted on 09/29/2010

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I'm not sure if FB age is 14 or 13 (I thought 13) But, in all honesty, I asked my 12 year old if she really wanted to lie to get an account or to wait until she was 13 and be able to get one properly. At this point, she really only wants to be able to play the games. She chose to wait. Instead she plays Frontierville with her dad's account but can't access it unless I log her in. She has her own email and now a cell phone with texting, so she can converse with any of her friends who have that access. She doesn't really need FB (or mySpace) She is a responsible girl who has been using the computer and internet for years. I know she will be okay when she is allowed to join at Facebook's age requirement.

Kay - posted on 09/24/2010

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my daughters are younger that 14 but only have fb to communicate with their friends and our family xx

Priscilla - posted on 09/22/2010

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13 is the age...but I let my girls use my account evernow and then to play the games...thats the only reason they wanted a fb account. However they are not allowed to have one until 13...for now...they play on my account.

Myra - posted on 09/22/2010

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I let my daughter have a FB account earlier this year but I suspended it because it destracted her too much from things that really matter. It really depends on your kids Gloria. When my daughter Genesis can focus without having to be forced t focus she may get it back. :-) Pray about it and go from there
Meme (Myra)

Angel - posted on 09/19/2010

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no because there are so much out there i know u can't stop them from getting on the computer but u can restrict some of the things they do to lie bout there age can cause a whole lot of problems in the long run .

Carla - posted on 09/18/2010

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my daughter is almost 11 and i let her make one aftermany months of fighting over facebok and myspace pages....grrr...the age i think is 13 to obtain a page leagaly.

Tracey - posted on 09/16/2010

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My 12yo has facebook and msn and it has been a nightmare, she has been bullied and inappropriate pictures of her have been posted by a so called friend. This girl is now showing everyone her private parts and thank goodness my daughter isn't her friend. Please be careful with the internet there are some real sick people in this world. Good luck Gloria

Julie - posted on 09/16/2010

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the trick is to keep an eye on what they do, friends, conversations etc...regularly check it, let them know the boundarys and any bullying online put a stop to the bully straight away, but they can keep a good social contact with friends especially if they are only children.......

Patricia - posted on 09/16/2010

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As a mom of 4 children (almost 14-19 yrs.) I felt and still feel the same as you do, Gloria. Every parent knows their child/children but I would ABSOLUTELY NOT let ANY of my children have a Facebook (MySpace was big when my girls were 13 & 14 but they've since tried to delete those accounts when they got Facebook at ages 16 & 18) until they were AT LEAST 13. I personally think at 10 and even younger ages the chances of them being bullied on the internet is greater than if they wait until the appropriate age to have a Facebook or any other social network site :)

God Bless

Christina - posted on 09/15/2010

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my daughter is 10 yrs old. i allow her to have a fb page but i monitor her. she is just curious and wants to be involved in the outside world. she likes surfing her fav stars and playing games. it gives her something to do when she is always at home. she luvs puttin pictures up but she doesnt allow ppl on her page she dont know. some of her friends at school have pages and they chat sometimes. but its not too harmful if u just monitor it. i disapproved at first but i found out its not so bad. i trust her and she trusts me. so its really up to u. and to u being too over protected dear. i dont even allow my baby to go outside without me bcause im soo scared of the wat ifs and i feel bad but i know i just want to protect her. so no u can never be too over protected. thats wat we do as mothers. we protect no matter wat.

Melissa - posted on 09/15/2010

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You know what is best for your own child as well as how mature your child is... Most children at the age 10 just want to play games on the computer. I feel if you monitor them and make sure they are not talking to anyone they should not be that it will be safe. There is nothing wrong with being protective over your children. On the other hand... There is an age limit set on FB for a reason. A rule is a rule.... A law is a law... A restriction is a restriction...

Jamie - posted on 09/14/2010

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I have a 11 year old with a FB. I set it up. I monitor it. I accept her friends. I am also part of her friends so I get a copy of anything she posts. I manage the whole thing. The only reason I allowedd her to get one is because her best girl friend has one and they talk to each other via the computer this way without tying up the phone. But as I stated I monitor the whole thing and she only uses it at my house.

Gloria - posted on 09/14/2010

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That is exactly how I feel, no matter how monitored you have the account with restrictions and all you never know.... the only reason i'm so over protected is because i've run across problems before with someone trying to contact one of children via text. See I allow both my daughter and step daughter to have a cell phone since they were 8 only because of the seperate family situation her father and I are divorced and that is the easiest way of communication for the both of us..... but I will stick to my gut feeling and this internet is trouble for young ones who can easily be munipulated!! Thanks :)

Sheena - posted on 09/14/2010

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I dont think your overreacting at all. How ever my son is 10 and has a fb account. (under my email and the password i choose) I only alow him to go on fb in my rm on my laptop. So i monitor EVERYTHING his only friends on there are familymembers and a few close friends that i know from his school. If your childs going tohave a fb account just make sure your aware of EVERYTHING he or she does. Kids are cruel and some will bully other kids via fb which is why im so worried and monitor everythinggg mychild does on the computer. at the same time tho it makes him fell mature and keeps him in touch with family that lives out of state who we dont often keep in touch with like we should.

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