At what age would you let your child open a Facebook account?
I would ask them around 16. if they dont open it before that...
Officially kids can start a FB account when they are 13 or above. But FB is not strict in enforcing this. Probably they can have a kids version of FB.
Google blocks its services for below 13 year olds (i.e if they mention it). For 13 yrs to 18 yrs they allow their services with the parent approval.
All this are applicable if they tell their original age while logging in. Kids are smart enough to bypass this and open the account they desire.
IN one sense FB and orkut are better than the adult sites. If not for these sites they might have searched and accessed the adult sites. So with some discrete monitoring I guess we can allow the social media sites for kids access.
16 maybe...FB is great to get in touch with people you know, but with whom you can't communicate too often, to find old schoolmates, family you didn't get to know before...The friends and family I do communicate with often, I also see regularly, so I don't really see the point of hanging out with them on FB (I rather see them on a coffee break ). If my kid wanted to go on FB to kill boredom, I would invite him for a game of chess, monoploly, cards or a good movie!
I have cousins that are 13 and 14 and they both started FB probably a year or two ago, I at first thought it was not good for them at all to be on it. I then went through their pages to see what they were saying and who said what to them, and I think it confirmed my belief that it is a terrible thing for kids that age to be on those sites. I remember when I was that age and we had Aol Instant Messenger, and the things we would say on that would never be appropriate, and now FB is just giving them a place to publicly say inappropriate remarks to friends. It can be detrimental to some kids if they're publicly humiliated on FB, which easily can happen. I just hope by the time I have kids there's no such thing as FB, I signed up for FB when I was 18 and got rid of it last year, 21 years old, I still have tons of friends and my social life didn't go away because I can't communicate about events on FB. I call friends and find out what they're doing, and it's a lot easier than FB. As for connecting with old friends family, etc. I do miss that from time to time, but just more reason for me to call them in my free time. Go outside play a sport, play manhunt, tag, whatever, build a fort idk there's so much you can do instead of going on FB, even play video games with friends.
The official age for a Facebook account is 13.
Protected by COPPA rights, Facebook is not allowed to accept younger children to uncover their identity on a social website like that.
However, I know of plenty of parents who have allowed their 9 or 10 year old children to have an account. They have set it up, they hide all personal information, they have one picture and they are just on it to interact with friends (who are also added by the parents) and to play these Facebook flash games.
Personally, I would respect the minimum age of the website. Surely, when my mother asked my opinion on my ten year old brother having a Facebook account, I told her it was her decision, that I advised against it, but if she thought he was ready, the least I would want is that I would be the one to regulate the settings and supervise his behaviour (I have more experience with education as well as social media) and she agreed. Truth is, he is almost never on the computer, leave out on Facebook. It's just there because his friends have it, and they act the same way.
I got my Facebook account when I was 14 a long long time ago, I don't see anything wrong about not letting your 13 or 14 year old child have a Facebook account as long as they don't get too addicted. All their other friends probably have Facebook accounts so why deny their right to communicate with each other?
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