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How Do Parents Protect Children on Facebook?

Updated on December 15, 2016
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Facebook Bullying an Issue

Why do we allow our Children on Facebook?

Every day there are news reports regarding the cyber-bully. No one is safe and everyone is affected. So why do we still allow our young children on Facebook?

Current restrictions from Facebook declares no one younger than 13 is allowed to set up a Facebook account. Is that a fair age limit?

What is to stop a young child from creating an account with false information? What tools does Facebook offer to prevent this? Any child can create false identification to get a Facebook profile and with no hesitation.

Facebook is the largest social network on the Internet today. Individuals set up profile pages with photos and information including their likes or dislikes.

Is it any wonder, children are curious?

How much time is the child spending on thier computer? Should parents allow their young children on the Internet?

As a parent, certain restrictions should be shaped into our young children. The propaganda that is displayed on Facebook can harm young children.

Younger children are curious and impressionable. How is Facebook responsible when a child can still create an account?

Ultimately the parents are responsible for thier young children. Setting up social media accounts for younger children is quite scary. Parents must be held accountable.

During the account setup, Facebook’s Terms of Service clearly states: You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.

Maybe Facebook's terms and conditions should require an older age restriction? Some may suggest high school age and up, but is that really the problem?

Children on the Internet

Certain Restrictions

Still some parents believe there is nothing wrong with their young children on Facebook as long as they set up certain restrictions.

Others believe the media is too dangerous for a young child. With friend requests and obscene ramblings by others, it is no place for a young child.

The world of social media is wide-spread, from the areas of YouTube to today's Facebook, there is a lot of information out there.

As parents we have an obligation to protect our children.

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

So the question still remains. Should there be an older age restriction on Facebook? Should there be certain guidelines to follow, like Rated R, G, or PG?

In an interview on the Today Show, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke briefly that she is not in favor of young children on Facebook.

The answer lies within each family. Each one must make the choice. Children have friends on Facebook, they want to be a part of the experience. What do you say to your children? How close are you to your children?

How do you protect them?

Social Media is Wide-spread

So then, should parents spy on thier children? Setting up certain restrictions is a far cry from spying.

As parents, we know we cannot be with them 24 hours a day.

Teaching them strong values and incorporating a good moral code in which to live by will enable them to make right choices.

Maybe the option is to let the children be part of your own Facebook experience. Show them the Facebook pages and photos of your friends and family. While you are connecting with your child, they are experiencing the world of social media in a safe environment. This may be a better option for the safety of the child.

The responsibility of a parent is to protect their children. It requires discernment and a parental obligation for the welfare of our children. Providing for them a safe environment while walking in integrity will give them something to aspire to.

How far will we let it go to allow Children on Facebook?


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    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Duchess for sharing your thoughts. It is a scary thought to know preditors are out there with intentions to harm.

      Facebook is the biggest social media in existence these days and we must take precautions to protect our children.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Social Media is a tool, and like any tool it has it's purpose. Young children should not be using this type of tool, and yes parents need to be more vigilant. As you say it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents, and it's a good idea for parents NOT to put pictures of their children on any social media - especially Facebook.

      Technology has warped into something we all must learn how to handle properly. There will always be the perverts who use it for evil, and we must always be on the lookout and find ways to ensure our children's safety


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