The Real Problem if Facebook Allows Kids on its Site
Their new proposal to allow children under 13 onto the site will ultimately curtail the parents’ social satisfaction
Facebook is looking at ways to allow children onto the site. Of course, allowing kids onto the Facebook of today is as dangerous as letting them into a combined strip club/gun show. Zuck and the team know that, and are responding by mentioning that they’d basically create a Disneyland version of Facebook. Parents would control who their kids are friends with, who they communicate with, and similar such parental controls. Stop me when it sounds like the kind of fun kids are looking for. Usually kids break away to their friends or social sites to have a moment free from their parents. If anything, having kids on Facebook with tight parental controls is going to give mom and dad rich (if not abusive), Google-esque personal information. And our kids shouldn’t even think about planning any terrorist attacks.
But the real problem for Facebook, if they allow children 13-and-under on the site, is not that they’ll be ruining the experience for kids, but that they’ll be ruining it for parents. Facebook is the only place many busy parents have to gush or brag about their kids. Without Facebook, where would our old high school buddies post meaningless pictures of their kids leaving the grocery store? Or, how about those notes about being so proud of our kids for having finished a school year without becoming addicted to bath salts and eating the teacher’s face? Facebook is where parents talk to other parents about their kids—even if it’s done so indirectly. Can you imagine if your kid were now privy to everything that was posted about him, or saw every image you’ve ever posted of him on Facebook? I’m willing to bet that whatever connections kids were hoping to make online, it wasn’t to have their friends find them tagged in videos in which they dance around in diapers singing Rock You like a Hurricane. Your kid thought that was a private toddler moment. Now he’ll learn their diaper dancing has 172 likes.
The end result will be that parents will back off their posting for fear of embarrassing their kids, and kids won’t want to post on anything that is being sent right to mommy’s inbox. The only people left on Facebook will be college kids and people asking me to “Branch Out.” No thanks. If I want to be that bored, I’ll join LinkedIn.
Should Facebook allow kids?
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EMPHATICALLY NO! Kids don't need FACEBOOK, they should be interacting with their families and friends IN PERSON, not through the computer. Obesity is already on the rise for children, allowing FACEBOOK for kids will only accelerate that.
I know several kids already on facebook. One was 11, said she was 18. now she is 14 and cannot change her age. She constantly gets older guys bugging her. The others were 10 and 8, each said they were 18. They all use loose security settings. If you see there friends list all of them are under 13 just lying about there age. You need to fix this problem first.
Are you people really that naive?
Kids under 13 not allowed on facebook?
What a joke. I've got a whole herd of nieces and nephews under 13, and guess what. Every single one has a facebook page.
They only need to be old enough to do the math required to figure out what year to put on their birthday to make them older than 13.
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