For instance, some folks think it’s cute to let there kids, who are younger than Facebook’s required mimimum age of 13 years old, have a page to communicate back and forth with grandparents.
And that’s fine if a parent is monitoring the content and establishing appropriate parental blocks.
I’m not telling people how to raise their kids, but I will raise awareness regarding some startling Facebook statistics that parents need to know if they have kids using that social media channel.
- 38% of their kids younger than 12 years of age had a Facebook page;
- 40 of the 1,000 respondents said they allowed their kindergartners to have a Facebook page;
- 74% of the parents admitted that they were worried about the Facebook content their kids came across;
- 56% claimed that their top fear was their child coming in contact with a sexual predator on Facebook.
Again, this research was conducted by MinorMonitor which offers a service that allows parents to check what their kids are doing on Facebook.
While that service may be worthwhile, I’m simply dumbfounded that parents who allow their underage kids to have a Facebook page can then turn around and admit that they’re worried about the content their children may encounter.
This is a problem that most parents face, they trust their kids but not other individuals. But why put your child into harm’s way at all? Facebook is not a requirement of U.S. citizenship. There’s no law mandating our kids be online before they’re a teenager. Does this shock anybody else?
The bottom line is that these parents have little standing to complain about something that they’re admittedly allowing to happen. How can a rational parent allow their underage, preteen to have a Facebook page and then fret that the kid may have a run in with a sexual predator?
It makes no sense.
One of the most important responsibilities of a parent is providing a safe and secure environment for their child. I question the decision-making ability of a parent who allows their preteen to have a Facebook page – when Facebook itself recommends NOT allowing it.
In this regard, it seems that Facebook is making a better parental decision than many parents who flout Facebook policies.
Ultimately, somebody has to be the grown-up.
Parents shouldn’t abdicate that responsibility to Facebook.
Question: Does your child or grandchild have their own Facebook page? Why or why not?