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Middle Schoolers Should NOT Be On Facebook
Social Media is NOT for a Child
My 6th grader came home begging for a Facebook account. She said,"My friends have it, they keep in touch this way. They also think you are too protective mom.""Hmm, "Am I really?" A middle schooler is old enough to manage a Facebook page.Infact, facebook allows kids age 13 to sign on. But even they don't know if you are truly 13 years old. Kids today are smart. All you do is change the birth year when signing on.
In my opinion, they are not mature enough to handle or fully understand written dialogue. "Words on Facebook can be seen by the entire school body and to anyone who logs in, if the setting are set to public. Now they have a time line feature, YIKES!" Kids can say the darnest things. We know things can get miscontrued. What about the cyber bullying or photos kids can post. I think Facebook needs to have controls for parents to set for kids. Friends of friends is not enough! There should be Friends of Parents! Parents should get a news alert any time a child invites a friend to join. I would want to know who they are be friending and who the friends of friend are.
I am no helicopter parent. I am pretty liberal about what my girls can do. But to think that advertisers can follow our children at such a young age to learn their habits to me is very creepy. Todays kids see no problem with bareing their entire soul online, text or Facebook. It leaves kids open and vulnerable and some things should just be unsaid, kept private until they are 18.
Well, 2 days have passed and my 6th grader has not asked me again about having a Facebook page. I told her she can have a Facebook page when she is more mature. I told her, "You can have a Facebook page in high school, perhaps her sophmore year." She responded with "You are so mean." I told her that anything you post on Facebook is permanent. You might be able to post appropriate comments. But you can't stop what others say about you, good or bad.
It is enough that we have monitor emails and text . I do not have time to monitor Facebook. There is enough to do raising kids. As her mom, I just want to preserve some innocence and keep some privacy.
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