My 11 year old just started asking me a question- Can I get a Facebook?
And my gut reaction is "no." This is simply because I know some of the things our relatives post and they are not necessarily bad, but more like inappropriate for his age. I told him this and his response- You can tell me who I can be friends with.
His other argument- All my friends have one. This is not true, of course. Not ALL of his friends have a FB account, but some do. And I have to admit, I think it would be fun for him. I love social networking sites. I am a blogger, I am on FB personally and in business, I tweet. I am most certainly influencing his desire to be on FB.
But, my gut says no. AND apparently so do the rules on Facebook. I wasn't certain of the age limit until I checked today. Kids must be 13 to have an account. This means that his friends are on Facebook with false ages entered. Seriously, I love this. It gives me an out and makes me not the bad guy. Now I can say- It is against the rules, would involve lying and giving false information. What do you think the RIGHT thing to do is?
What are your thoughts about kids on Facebook?