How to set up a facebook account for my child?

Lely - posted on 05/16/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My child uses facebook to play games such Word Challenge. I want to set up a separate account for him but he's only 5yo and I heard there are ways to protect his account if it's open under Circle of Mom? Protection such as only I can decide who he can request/accept friends, posting messages, etc.

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Katherine Leslie - posted on 05/16/2009

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the age limit on Facebook is 13 years old. I tried for my niece and she is 12 it woulsn't let me and I wanted to know why and I found out. They have to be 13 or up. So sorry they will just have to play on yours

Anita - posted on 09/29/2011

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I think this is great,she loves to play games and also does the fun brain activities,math,reading things like that,I want to put her on this,when I figure out how to work it

Lely - posted on 05/16/2009

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THANKS for all the replies :) My 5-year-old son's time on computer is always supervised and he's been using my husband facebook account to play "I Spy" and "Word Challenge" on the evenings when I am cooking dinner & my hubby takes care of his lil' brother. Last week his teacher let him play a Maths game at school during freeplay and he asked her if he could go to facebook to play "Word Challenge" after he completed the Maths. My son has autism and he is very advanced academically so we have been using his obsession with Maths to get him work on his weakness which happens to be social skills. So I thought probably I set up an account for him so he can play those games at school as well.

But now that I found out from Katherine Leslie Simmons above about the Facebook age limit, I guess I will have to forget about this reward option then. Anyway there are lots of other things we can give him and I am sure his teacher has lots of other resources already. THANKS AGAIN :)))

Jaime - posted on 05/16/2009

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I agree, let him use your account. I don't think it is appropriate for kids to have a facebook account until they are teenagers (12+). But everyone is different in allowing there children freedom. I know I have people send friend request that I have never heard of before, would not want my daughter talking to strangers thats for sure. I know my SS has a FB account and he is 10yrs, but that is his mother's choice.

Lisa - posted on 05/16/2009

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As a matter of fact just the other week my 6 year old came home wanting to call her friend from school. I couldn't understand that because you just spoke to her about 2 hours ago what do you have to talk about. But I explained to her that she was too young to start calling her friends on the phone. that's just opening up a whole new can of worms. If parents are ope and honest with their children and explain to them why you said yes or no, they will respect you more then if you just said no and left it at that.

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Lisa - posted on 05/16/2009

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Honestly, I wouldn't open a separate account for him. I would allow him to use mine that way i can see exactly what is going on. He's too little to be requesting or accepting friends online and posting messages. To me that is a bit scary. Please wait until he is older.

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