I recently heard of a seven year old who has a Facebook page....
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS A GOOD IDEA OR NOT AND WHY?
I feel it is too early an age to be on such community site.
I strongly fall on against this.
Children of this age shall not be exposed to mature sites.
They can have children community site membership
I think it depends a lot on the level of parental involvement with the facebook. If the child is 'friends' with family members, it can be a good way to stay in touch with uncles and grandparents that they may not get to see usually.
This is a bad idea, my daughter is 8 and there is no way I would let her go onto facebook.
You have to be 16 to go onto facebook anyway (I think), so they would have put it a false date of birth and what 7 year old knows how to put false dates of births in......not many. This is just wrong in my eyes, there is way too much adult content that they could see or go into.
I have 4 kids under age 10 and they are absolutely not allowed to have any type of accounts on social networking sites. I am afraid they may end up talking with the wrong people or being tricked into thinking they are talking with others their age. When they are 18 maybe then I will allow it under my roof but until then the answer is absolutely NOT!!!!!
I don't see any purpose to why a child would need to be social networking anyway!!
I think that is too early, to have a facebook or any other social network site. How easy it is for children to be persuaded.
This is so true, but I do not recommend minors to be on networking sites which can expose them to certain risks that we think is not not possible to happen. I wish parents should be responsible enough to monitor their kids and what they do.
Sixteen is the minimum age for a FACEBOOK accouint , it is our responsibility as responsible adults not to allow our children to have any sort of 'Social networking account ' under that age bracket..if you know of any such child who is on 'FACEBOOK' under sixteen then I would say report it to the administrators.
My own grandsons age 13 and 11 had such accounts their parents didnt think it was a problem , so I reported it and got them off, some may think I was interfeering but I considered it my responsibility as a grandparent and responsible adult to protect my grandchildren.
I have a seven year old and would not allow her to post on FB, private setting or not. This is too young. I have my account set to private and still get creepy people requests. One is a fool to ever think they are safe in private....nothing is really private on the internet. Cut and paste are just too simple.
I have twin Grandsons aged 8 and they asked me to be their friend on FB..what can you say I said yes. I was really horrified at the language other kids use on this site. Sadly I don't think this is monitored closely enough and I told my daughter immediately and she closed the accounts.
I applaud "LovesLove" comment below of reporting them to FB for being under age.
I have a 10 year old and I don't allow her to have her own FB account (I don't have one either). But she has friends who are already active in FB (Some couples should have used a condom until they are ready to be parents). As a middle ground, I allow her to connect with her friends on her mother's account.
Alas, a lot of kids think I'm too strict a parent. What they don't know is I only seem strict because they have parents who doesn't have the right to be.
Hey, a previous comment gave me an idea. Maybe I should report her classmates as underage to FB? It's gonna be sweet revenge!
Well, you are not alone, I have heard and seen profiles of children of my friends who are even younger than 7 years old. My opinion, it is just stupid, and pointless. If a child of 7 or younger "needs" a social network, wouldn't it be smart of their parents to take him/her some more out, in playgrounds and other places where he/she can meet other children and socialize? What's more puzzling to me it is that it's their parents most often who open a profile for them, and then kind of "jointly" administer it. Plain ridiculous!!!
There are a lot of "predators" out there unfortunately, but if you set up the facebook with the kid and have access to keep them safe and have rules for them such as not talking to strangers just like in the real world. Also you can set up the FB page so that only friends can see any info and you can control who is friends such as family and school age friends. If you have access to the FB you will learn more about your child and it can maybe even prevent outside threats such as if you notice something off about one of your kids friends that you can help.
In my opinion this is not normal... I would never let my child have such a thing at such a young age. This example only shows where our world is headed... Facebook becomes a disease...
I think that if we look back and think long and hard to when we were 7, we were outside playing street hockey or football or baseball or riding our bikes or playing with our dolls. What does a 7 year old need to be doing on a social network? Go outside and get some excersize. Let face it here in North America most children are over weight, and I believe its due to computer, and video games. It stimulates them and they don't need to go out side.
oh g8, so in the future babies can open their social network page while they are in the mothers Placenta
I think it is a bad idea because at that age they are so influential and without supervision, they could potentially find themselves the victim of something serious. At age seven, there has to be something more they can be doing with their time rather than sit in front of a computer. My brother has three kids 13-under .. they all have a facebook and I think their childhood is being stripped away because when they come to the house, they immediately want to be on the computer. What happen to the day where kids would play with other kids, play games, or play outside?
My 12 year old has a "private" account, she doesn't even have the passsword to login so one of us has to do it. She is very closely monitored (as is ALL of her internet use), and she knows that my wife or I have to approve any friends - which at this time is only family. I don't think I would let a child even a teenager have an account that I wasn't able to monitor.
for me.. its not a good idea because she/he is too young to have a FACEBOOK page.. it will cause him/her bad, maybe in attitude or the way he/she want to do things...
Yeah they are there though most don't know what they are really doing in facebook at this age
Too young to get caught up on the computer like that. Kids need to take on more active activities at that age. Not to mention, they don't understand the Internet security and personal safety factors at that age.
This is a good discussion, so I tweeted your question.
It's way too young for soo many reasons.
Aside from exposing them to dangers such as creeps lurking around and being scammed, they also waste valuable time on the Internet, which at their age should be crucial for developing skills and studying for school.
So what? Seven year olds are much more at home with technology than I am or ever will be. I do hope mom and dad keep an eye out for inappropreate use of technology.
Too many people now think Facebook is an extension of who they are. You see them on facebook all day long. What else do they do? No, Facebook is not a great place to grow up as a child. Children need exposure to real world life and learn social skills other then playing on the computer in a virtual world. Too much Facebook already!!!! More people ned to get out and breathe some fresh air...Cmon people I mean really....
this is totally not good. you should read my blog on kids having facebook
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