Need some advice please

Crystal - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 1/2 and a very good kid for his age. Recently he's been watching me play some of these games on Facebook games and asked if he could have a facebook cause he wanted to play games. I let him play on the computer, his favorite is pbs kids. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

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I created one for my 8 year old so he could play but, I only that the sign on info .And I monitor all activity.

Angela - posted on 02/15/2010

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Both my kids (7 and 11 have facebook pages just make sure you monitor usage very closely

JENICA - posted on 02/14/2010

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I say no!! My 12 yr old daughter wants a page on fb and I am so skeptical cuz i see all those kids on there saying things and i can monitor it but i can't monitor her chatting. I told her not at this time maybe when your in 9th grade. Something for her to look forward to!!

Misty - posted on 02/12/2010

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My 9 year old has a face-book.. Just make sure he is playing what he says he is and monitor his friend invites before he plays on it...that's what I do and everything has been great...

Sherri - posted on 02/12/2010

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Well Myra, that's why they have the option to turn the chat off. If you don't want to take the time to supervise her, then you made the right choice not to let her on.

Belinda - posted on 02/12/2010

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We have the same system. My son is eight and has been asking for a farm on farmville because he sees his dad play all the time. My brother-n-law set him up an account with a fake name and only i and his dad know the pass word so we know when he is on and we can supervise. If you try to keep them out completely instead of applying limitations so they can learn the correct way to use it this is going to encourage use behind your back and then you have no control at all.

Chris - posted on 02/10/2010

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Personally, I like to tell my son that we can each have our own games to play on the computer, because we play together (DS, legos, whatever) and do things that aren't online. If you explain it in a way that emphasizes independence, he may be more receptive. If that doesn't work, you could always find a site just for kids where he can have his own 'profile'. Good luck!

Basia - posted on 02/10/2010

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I have four girls, two are teenagers and they have their own fb. But, my two younger girls are only 9 and 10... I let them help me with some of my games on fb and they have a game or two that are for themselves (they make the character decisions and play their particular game). That gives me the control over when and how long they are on the computer. Our deal is: this is the arrangement I will accept to let you on fb and I have to approve of the game too.

Jill - posted on 02/10/2010

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my kids are much older. I still check on who their friends are and what pages they go to etc. Isn't their a kid friendly facebook for the younger ones? i thought i read it somewhere?

Elizabeth - posted on 02/09/2010

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I would wait until you son is older if he wants to play the games let him do it on your account. I wouldn't feel comfertable to let my sons with a page for themselves at that age, there are just too many unsavory character.

Missy - posted on 02/09/2010

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keep watch on them and let them hae one.tell them you are to be there if someone wants to be added or they talk to someone besides family.

Myra - posted on 02/09/2010

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My daughter is 9 and I don't allow her to have any page, no Myspace or Facebook...I just don't want anyone to try to chat with her. I used to let her play Farmtown for me but as she stood waiting to be hired some other ppl were chattin it up and not only were they being profane, they were being vulgar. I'm glad she told me, but she still thought it to be hilarious. I don't want her desensitized to this.
Now she can help me play Petville...where you dont chat with nobody.

Lisa - posted on 02/09/2010

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me personally would just go and show him sights age appropriate.. noggin.com, starfall.com childcare land.com most of these are learning sights but they will learn too as they play

Andie - posted on 02/07/2010

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HI Crystal. My son is 9. He loves Farmville and wanted to join FB too but they have to be 12. I checked it out... A great website for kids is Poptropica. Its free and recognised in school programs. Club Penguin is also a good one that my kids love. Hope this helps and good luck.. Andie

Tonya - posted on 02/07/2010

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I would normally say that I wouldn't do that....But my sister in law has let her 2 children get a facebook account. They are 7 and 9. She set it up for them to play games and chat with family members. She knows there password...so she can go in and check on what they are doing. They are not allowed to add anyone without her permission.



It is totally up to you...but this is what she is doing....to give her kids what they want...and to keep them safe all at the same time.

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