my 12 year old want a facebook account,

Sarah - posted on 08/05/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have told her she isnt allowed untill 14 but all her friends have it at school and she seems to be left out plzz tell me what to do she is socially a loser

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Jodi - posted on 08/06/2013

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I allowed my son to have a FB account at 12....on the basis that I must have the password, he cannot change the password and I can log in on his FB whenever I choose. I am also on his friends list.

Here's the thing. Kids are pretty technology savvy. If you don't allow it, they will most probably do it anyway through a friend's phone or computer. Many kids do that (I am a high school teacher, so I see it ALL the time). If you say no, they will often go behind your back. Sometimes agreeing to it with certain limitations in place is a safer option for your child.

I will admit, I'd rather the age limit be 18 - children are not socially adept enough to truly be able to use social media in a way that is constructive. However, with ALL the FB fights, bullying and everything else I know goes on amongst groups at school, I can honestly say that the parents are clearly NOT checking their children's accounts or staying on top of their interactions.

Anyway, just another perspective for you to think about.

Michelle - posted on 08/05/2013

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Don't call your child a loser, the kids at school are cruel enough without you adding to it.
The rules with FB is at least 13 years of age so you can tell her not for another year.

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