Question: At what age would you allow or not allow your child to have a Facebook?
I suggest that you sign up for your own Facebook account, get to know how it works and then you can make a better informed decision about this for yourself. I feel each child is individual and unique and so there is no “right” or “wrong” age for this. Once you join Facebook, you’ll see that it’s a fairly safe entity.
Then when your child does join Facebook, at whatever age they choose to do so, or that you both agree is appropriate for them to get the most out of it, you can “friend” them and actually become an even greater part of their world. Even see their life, quite possibly, from a whole new perspective. Are you aware that whatever you post on Facebook, is accessible by all of your friends and so everyone you know and love can see it?
So, I would say that if you are worried about Facebook’s safety, one you do join you’ll see that the way that it’s set up, you’ll actually be able to become involved, be informed about their lives and have access to your child’s “world” if you join in on the fun they are having with this online community.
I don’t feel that it’s ever beneficial to our children, or to ourselves, to approach any decisions we make from a perspective of fear.
Instead, you can look at this as a fun opportunity to share an online experience with them. Be sure of one thing though… this new way of communicating with the entire planet is here to stay and will mostly likely be expanding, changing and growing in years to come.
By the way, here’s my Facebook page and both of my daughters connect with me there often.
With thanks to wan min for the image.