What is a good age to let your child have a facebook account?

La Shea - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 90 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 12 now, is she ready for the internet??

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Nicole - posted on 06/18/2010

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I think they are supposed to be 13 to join facebook, but i allowed my daughter to join at 12. If you do decide to let her, i would suggest setting the privacy settings yourself. There is also a great online parental watch from Norton that is free to use that monitors all of your childs activity on the web. And i also think it depends on where your daughter uses the computer. As long as its not private and your right around the corner she won't even try anything questionable. Good Luck!

Valencia - posted on 06/18/2010

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Both my 12 and 13 year oldsons havee facebook accounts. I am a friend on both accounts. I am notified of any and all activity on their accounts. Its better to monitor your childs activity on any site.

Sherri - posted on 06/18/2010

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My kids don't have any access to porn. They are watched our computer is in our livingroom and with only living in a 5 room house they are never out of eye sight.

Charlene - posted on 06/18/2010

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In my opinon i dont think any child should have internet access 4 the reason of porn

Alana - posted on 06/18/2010

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i think not until they are 13 and with proper monitoring (just like with texting). i wouldn't want them as my friends, because they could then see some adult conversations that we have, and i don't have to be their friend to see what they're doing, i would log on as them occasionaly

Angela - posted on 06/18/2010

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I'd think she's ready for supervised internet. My children are 9, 6, and 3, and I have a stepson who is 13. The internet is a scary place when you're thinking about your kids. I started my 9yr old out with his own e-mail acct, and a list of "safe sites" posted to the side of the computer monitor they are also bookmarked online. He can do his research for school, e-mail family, friends, and his teachers. And there are a few game sites he can go on to. Plus he knows that I can view all the sites he's been on otherwise that keeps him where he needs to be and no where else.

IZABELA - posted on 06/18/2010

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Internet...yes, with constant supervision and some heavy duty parental controls. Facebook....no. Even with privacy controls Facebook is an unsafe place for kids to be on alone. If your daughter is really insistant on it, perhaps you can have a family facebook account, with the understanding that all new friends must be approved by you and you have access to the passwords/account to see what is being posted.

Sherri - posted on 06/17/2010

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Okay it is not 14 it is 13 yrs old. I will repost the age requirements again.

Facebook’s Age Restriction

Facebook’s terms of service are very clear on this subject. In plain English, the site advises that “this site is intended solely for users who are thirteen (13) years of age or older, and users of the Site under 18 who are currently in secondary school or college. Any registration by, use of or access to the site by anyone under 13, or by anyone who is under 18 and not in secondary school or college, is unauthorized, unlicensed and in violation of (Facebook’s) Terms of Use.”

That’s quite a mouthful. What it says is :

* You must be at least 13 years old to join Facebook
* If you are under 18, you must be enrolled in secondary school (high school) or college

Rhonda - posted on 06/17/2010

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Facebook lets kids have an account when they turn 14. I personally feel that is too young. I'm not letting my son get an account until he is 16. It all depends on the child's maturity level. You have to note with them the dangers of predators out there. Let them know that a lot of drama happens to be careful what and how they post their conversations. I hope I helped! Have a great day!

BRIDGET - posted on 06/17/2010

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MY 10 YEAR OLD HAS AN ACCOUNT BUT ME AND HIS GRANDMOTHER HAVE HIS PASSWORD AND WE ONLY ALLOW HIM TO ACCECPT FAMILY AND PEOPLE WE KNOW. EVERYTHING ON HIS PAGE IS SET SO ONLY HIS FRIENDS CAN SEE IT.

AD'RIENNE - posted on 06/16/2010

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IF YOU CAN TRUST YOUR DAUGHTER, THEN ALL MEANS 13 WILL BE A GOOD TIME TO LET HER EXPRESS HER TRUST TO YOU. YOUR A GOOD MOM, YOU KNOW HOW YOU RAISED YOUR DAUGHTER, SO TRUST AND KEEP WATCH (LETTING HER KNOW THAT YOU WILL). JUST TELL HER THE ONE RULE NO SECRET FRIENDS AN IF SOMETHING OR SOMEONE IS MAKING HER FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE COME STRAIGHT TO YOU.

Lisa - posted on 06/16/2010

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I am pondering this also, my son is 10 and the majority of his friends have it. I am not so sure he is ready yet??? I think that 12 is more appropriate, so long as you are monitoring it.

Melissa - posted on 06/16/2010

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I let my 12yr old daughter have a twiter acount to check up on her favorite stars lol But facebook is kinda scarey i guess it depends on your daughter and if she is mature enough..but always supervise!

April - posted on 06/16/2010

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I think she is ready, I would b her friends so I can no what she is doing on there

Hope - posted on 06/16/2010

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I think any age as long as computer stays in site and not in a childs room, this is my rule at home. My daughter is 8 and i approve only family and friends for her and my son is 13 and the same rule applies to him. And monitor other sites they go on as well.

Shauntae - posted on 06/16/2010

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just dont accept ppl you dont know and use a password that u kno also just in case cause there are a lot of freaks out there..

Lisa - posted on 06/15/2010

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Whatever the facebook leagal age is. Watch them closely, know the password, block all outsiders, and keep them on your profile. I let my daughter have one at 14, its a good way to stay in the loop with her friends, I can keep track of whats going on and if there is any trouble on the horizon I already know and can prevent her from being involved. Its just as good as having GPS on her. hehe

Elizabeth - posted on 06/15/2010

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My children have a facebook .I feel long i can get on they it is okay to have one.they are 13,14,17 year old .

Shameka - posted on 06/15/2010

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MY DAUGHTER IS 10 AND ASKING ME THE SAME QUESTION. I REFUSE TO LET HER HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE! I THINK THE BEST AGE IS 15 BUT THAT IS JUST ME!

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I don't think you can hide your children from the evil in this world. You have to prepare them for life. I personally don't think it's a bad idea with some set rules. For example tell your child she can only be friends with those she knows from school/family etc. Warn her of the dangers of posting personal info & that people are not always what they say/seem. But over all I think each child's maturity is different. Also I would say make sure she allows you to check her account, if she doesn't & she's defense she is prob. hiding something and it's time to delete & wait a year or two!

Marcy - posted on 06/15/2010

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honestly as a parent myself i wouldnt let them. For one there are so much dangers as it is out here in the world let alone on the internet its worst. I think if they r under age 16 they r too young. Its hard to really keep track of everything they do when u have other obligations as well. There are other kids friendly sites for young teens. maybe you should check those out with her and see wat u both feel comfortable wit.

Barbara - posted on 06/15/2010

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i belive it is 13 or 16 and yes i have a 11 year old son on the comp, and i track his every move

Patty - posted on 06/15/2010

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FB age is 13, you have to enter a birthdate of 1997 or earlier or it won't create the account. However, my triplets are 10 and all have accounts. All their friends from school do, and they chat back and forth, play games etc. At first it was a bit annoying because they kept doing all these quizzes but we got them to stop and they tired of it quickly.

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My daughter is 6 yrs old n she keeps asking me for a facebook account. I personally don't want her on as I think she is way too young, n I told her to ask me in a few yrs lol. I think its best when they become teenagers, but even then I would monitor who they r freinds with etc, but thats just me:)

Jennifer - posted on 06/13/2010

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I agree with Renee, my 9 yr old doesn't have an account I'm not ready for her to have an account yet, however my 12 yr old son does have one but he is not living with me but I am on his friend list so I can see some of the things he is doing on there

Renee - posted on 06/13/2010

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How about not until u are comfortable enough with not having to ask. I truly & personally feel that is a parent has to question the responsibility level of their child or if they feel like they have to WONDER...its not time. When it is time..u will know.

Sherri - posted on 06/13/2010

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They don't know that there was an age limit requirement. I don't condone lying but I also don't see the harm in letting them on Facebook with a lot of supervision. So as a mom I can opt to decide what is best for my child even it isn't exactly following the rules to the letter.

Angie - posted on 06/13/2010

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Thanks for the clarification, Sherri. My point wasn't that Facebook or the law would get involved just that's it's not a good idea to teach children how to lie. When parents condone lying, chilcren will always think it's okay. I'd be worried that if I told my children that it's okay to lie, they will lie to me when they are older. My point is, teaching children to lie is not wise.

Sherri - posted on 06/13/2010

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Actually it is 13 Angie to have an account without lying about about there age. My husband and I set up my boys accounts when my oldest was 12 and my youngest was 11. However, they only went on to play the games, Only could add family no or close family friends. No friends from school etc. I read every message sent etc.

Facebook’s Age Restriction

Facebook’s terms of service are very clear on this subject. In plain English, the site advises that “this site is intended solely for users who are thirteen (13) years of age or older, and users of the Site under 18 who are currently in secondary school or college. Any registration by, use of or access to the site by anyone under 13, or by anyone who is under 18 and not in secondary school or college, is unauthorized, unlicensed and in violation of (Facebook’s) Terms of Use.”

That’s quite a mouthful. What it says is :

* You must be at least 13 years old to join Facebook
* If you are under 18, you must be enrolled in secondary school (high school) or college

Most people probably don’t realize that this age restriction exists. Also — isn’t it interesting that Facebook won’t accept people under 18 if they’re not in school? Seems like a random restriction to me, but who knows . .

Penalties for Lying About Your Age

Nothing serious is going to happen to an underage person if they register for the site and lie about their age. The worst that can happen is that they’ll be banned from the site. It says in Facebook’s “policies” section that “By using the service or the site, you represent and warrant that you are 13 or older and in secondary school or college, or else that you are 18 or older, and that you agree to and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.”

No, you’re not gonna get arrested if you register for Facebook illicitly, but if the site finds out about it, they will ban you.

Julie - posted on 06/12/2010

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You can make sure they use YOUR e-mail address, that way their notifications will get sent to your e-mail.

Angie - posted on 06/12/2010

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16 is the age that they can get an account without lying about their age. Teaching a child to lie is probably not a good thing.....

Pam - posted on 06/12/2010

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I allowed my son about 1 year ago. I am a friend onhis page. He and his freind send silly and funny things to one another. he keeps connected to others quickly and I feel in a safe place. Since he's been homeschooled all of his life, friends are very importatnt to him. My son will be 13 in August.

Kim - posted on 06/12/2010

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hi there, i think for facebook they say around 13 years or so but you can restrict access to her profile and pictures etc with the privacy settings so i wouldnt of thought at her age it would cause any problems for her to have fb. i know people who have set accounts up or their 5 year olds, this i dont agree with however with your daughter you can monitor everythin anyway! good luck.x

Linda - posted on 06/12/2010

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i think so as long as when she is on it u are right there watching her there are crazy people out there

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