Facebook for Young Children: Like or Dislike?

Monday, June 11th, 2012 by from Buzzworthy Bulletins

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If you haven’t already heard, “Facebook Inc. is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame privacy concerns,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

If this technology is achieved and implemented, Facebook will be setting in motion a lifestyle of social media at a very early age – and it is bound to make a pretty penny in the process (children’s game market = lucrative).  Even if Facebook links parents’ accounts to their children’s and sets parental controls in place, I wonder if it will be able to ensure an adequate level of safety for our younger children.

Is this announcement a recipe for potential disaster, or a legitimate view into the future?

This “news has sparked debate among parents about the risks and rewards of early Facebook access.” Some say that we should protect our children from social media’s potential dangers, and others say that this may create a safer community for pre-teens if it is used correctly.

Questions parading through my mind include: Will there be a way to validate the authenticity of your child’s “friends”? Will there will an infallible option to block nasty perverts and potential bullying? Can Facebook build in a widget that gives my child good judgment at all times? Am I mentally fighting the inescapable future? Is my line of thinking too old-school? Can I get another 10 years before I hear my daughter say, “Mom, nobody thinks that way anymore! You’re so old.”?

There may be no way around all of this. So, with the technological, social future looming, I’d like your opinion:

Should Facebook allow children under 13 to have an account? And, at what age will YOU allow your child to have an account?

What do you think? Facebook for Young Children: Like or Dislike?

Kim ShannonEditor

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Avatar of NavyWife NavyWife says:

    Dislike!!! I think that a good age to begin teaching children to interact on websites such as this would be 13, with close parental supervision. I will set strict rules for them to follow and I will require to know their password so that I can monitor their accounts. My mom set a rule for my sisters which seemed to work out well that they are not allowed to friend anyone that they do not know in person. So that seems to take the edge off of wondering if this "friend" is or is not a child themselves. I’m nervous enough when family posts pictures of my babies on their pages, there is no way I would allow my toddlers have their own page. There are way too many wackos out there and technology only makes it easier for them without us adding even more opportunities for them to use "social media" for their evil gain. I agree that you can’t hide children from it forever but you can guide them into these social networks at the appropriate age when they can understand right from wrong.

  2. Avatar of Ale Ale says:

    DISLIKE THIS

  3. Avatar of Brooke Brooke says:

    yes they should be allowed. You can monitor the site, enforce rules and have them actually abide by them. If they show irresponsibility, take it away. Social media is used in the business world and what better way to get them a head start is by allowing them to be familiar. I allowed mine at 12 – when entering 7th grade. He is now 13. He is not permitted to have a profile picture of himself, post any pictures at all, and I have his password, and all other account information. If you teach them that they shouldn’t do things because they are potentially bad, they will never learn. You have to teach them how to responsibly be an active member of society.

  4. Avatar of meredith meredith says:

    Dislike this idea, a lot! I’m sure many parents would let their children, but I wouldn’t. But by the time my son is this age, FB will be a thing of the past probably!

  5. My daughter is 10, 11 in July and we have yet to allow her to ger an account all her friends may have one but there are enough dangers out there without worrying if the "kid" your child is talking to is actually who they say they are so call me overprotective but I think facebook can wait a few more years.

  6. Avatar of marichinno marichinno says:

    A child has enough friends to socialize outside of the house let alone strangers on Facebook. I disagree that a child should have a facebook account, I feel like there is no need for them to have one.

  7. Avatar of Liz Liz says:

    terrible idea!

  8. Avatar of heps7 heps7 says:

    Children should not be allowed to have facebook. There are too many crazy people out there who use social networking sites to prey on people. My 11 year old step son has a facebook page (which me and my husband were completely opposed to but his mother said he could have one) and I think it’s ridiculous. Kids don’t understand the importance of safegaurding their lives and facebook just puts everything out there for whoever to see. Yes you can check your child’s facebook account to make sure everything is ok but there is no guarantee. Also adults tend to post things that are inappropriate for children to see. Facebook is also just another way to keep kids inside sitting around doing nothing. I don’t think I will allow my own son a facebook account until he is 16 but that’s just my personal opinion.

  9. No, children shouldn’t have a facebook! That’s ridiculous. People already complain about privacy concerns for adults, but exposing children to potential danger from unknown users is irresposible. It’s like every couple of years people forget how dangerous the internet can be & then a person/child goes missing….

  10. Avatar of bree bree says:

    dislike ..dont like the idea

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