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To find 9 year olds have their own facebook page

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cece Sat 08-Jan-11 23:58:29

I have just been on facebook and discovered that quite a lot of DD's class seem to have facebook profiles. They are 9 and 10 years old.

Some of them have cartoon pictures and have privacy on highest settings. However, some of them have their own pic (one of them is wearing a bikini) and their privacy settings are so low I could view their photos and so on.

Am I unreasonable to be shocked by this? or is it common practise for children this young to be on there?

reelingintheyears Sun 09-Jan-11 00:00:38

Facebook is for 13 and older.
Report it to facebook if it offends you.
I would.

TrillianAstra Sun 09-Jan-11 00:02:05

Are you being unreasonable to find 9 year olds have their own facebook page?

I don't think I understand the question. Are you being unreasonable to discover this? Er, no, I expect it's very easy to find this out.

cece Sun 09-Jan-11 00:02:26

I can't believe their parents have let them tbh. There is no way DD would be allowed to have a profile on there yet.

Plonker Sun 09-Jan-11 00:03:03

Very common practice IME

Dd1 is almost 11 and has been bugging me for fb for about 18months now. She tried the age-old approach of telling me that everyone in her class has it. Yeah yeah I thought ...and then I looked shock she was telling the truth!

Dd still hasn't got her own fb page yet. Apparantly I'm the meanest parent alive ... hmm

Spidermama Sun 09-Jan-11 00:03:38

DS is on there and he's 10. I would say around 1/3 of his classmates are also on there. I think it's up to the parents to make sure their kids aware of privacy issues.

FB is such a brilliant social tool and social networking is going to be an intrinsic part of the psyche of their generation that I honestly don't think you'd be able to keep all kids off it.

Their are some kids who just WON'T be held back.

I will probably endure a flaming now by unrealistic people.

cece Sun 09-Jan-11 00:04:10

I know it doesn't make sense does it grin.

Perhaps I mean should they be on facebook at that age?

penguin73 Sun 09-Jan-11 00:04:54

hasn't this been done to death on here by now?!

cece Sun 09-Jan-11 00:06:32

Having recently been a 'victim' of some bullying on there I find it quite a worry to think children are on it.

I am in my 40's and was really upset by the whole thing. Yes it is a brilliant social tool - I arrange a lot of my social life on it. But it can also be very mean...

cece Sun 09-Jan-11 00:07:28

penguin - has it? sorry it has all passed me by!

AgentZigzag Sun 09-Jan-11 00:10:00

I love subjects that have been done to death, especially if I've not posted about them before, it makes me feel as though I'm included somehow as my life is lacking in other areas.

There's no way I'd let 10 YO DD1 have a fb account, I'd hate to see her wither away with the boredom of playing all those fuck stupid games they have on it, with no point whatsoever.

Who would do that to their DC??

AgentZigzag Sun 09-Jan-11 00:10:47

You must have had other more interesting things to do cece for it to pass you by?

Spidermama Sun 09-Jan-11 00:10:50

I tend to ignore the 'hasn't this been done to death' style posts because that really depends on whether or not you've read those threads.

MN is a living breathing beast and of course things will come up regularly.

Pretty rude to say that anyway. If you're not interested in a subject, don't click.

penguin73 Sun 09-Jan-11 00:11:43

there's a few threads floating around...people tend to get a bit emotional about - and be a bit divided on - the issue!

AgentZigzag Sun 09-Jan-11 00:13:28

shock What? People getting emotional and divided about debates? Here? On AIBU??

I've heard it all now.

penguin73 Sun 09-Jan-11 00:14:02

was just pointing out that there are lots if threads that the OP can read if she wants to know people's opinions on it..particularly as this may not get as much of a response asit has been well and truly 'done' over the last few days.

So if I wasn't interested I wouldn't click, if I thought the OP might be interested in knowing that there are lots of threads here already she might like to read then I would.

Strange idea of rude methinks.

LittleBeaut Sun 09-Jan-11 00:17:05

My eldest is 8 and not mentioned going on himself yet... although he sees me on there all the time so I'm surprised because he likes to keep up with technology and bits and pieces like that. I have to say its more his dads influence all that... I would prefer kids to be kids, but seems they have to be growing up so fast these days - in my opinion!!

Although I have to say I'm not so sure I would let him even if he did ask.

NanaNina Sun 09-Jan-11 00:23:48

I thought it was illegal for under 16s to be on facebook, but I know some of them are. Presumably their parents let them. My niece is 14 and is on it and has very sensible parents but 8 or 9 is far too young. My soon to be 11 year old g/dght is pestering to go on but her wise mom and dad say NO.

GreenEyesandHam Sun 09-Jan-11 00:29:40

My eldest two children (10 & 11) both have FB accounts.

I'm such a bad parent. But they both have curfews, we've talked about what is, and what isn't allowed, I know the passwords to their accounts, and I've set their privacy settings.

Of course I would love it if they both settled down for a nice lego tower-building session of an evening, but that's not real life (for us anyway).

I can see it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it works ok for us

Spidermama Sun 09-Jan-11 00:29:59

I think FB guidelines say you have to be 14 but realistically there's not much they can or would do about it.

cece Sun 09-Jan-11 00:33:37

agentzigzag - far too busy on facebook grin

I just was a bit shocked really. DD hasn't even asked to have her own account and she often sees me on it. I don't think I'll tell he loads of her classmates are on it smile. Don't want to plant the idea in her head!

TBH it seems to be mostly the children who have all had mobile phones since they were 8 or 9 so I suppose it is the next step for them.

DD doesn't have a phone either grin

reelingintheyears Sun 09-Jan-11 01:13:23

Sounds like the usual story......
The rules are there for every one elses children.....
Not mine.
Or yours.

Just like the law.

ravenAK Sun 09-Jan-11 03:03:02

FB's terms & conditions state that you should be 13 to use their service, & they reserve the right to boot off anyone who isn't.

This is absolutely industry standard for pretty much all internet forums - I believe it's US-led & relates to different laws re: data protection - ie. THEIR liability is far greater & more complex if they utilise data provided by someone under that age.

No, it isn't illegal to have a FB account if you are U13. They are a business who have chosen not to have customers of that age (or rather, have chosen to cover their arses with a statement to that effect) as it's a PITA for them.

When they first started out, they only catered to those with a University-linked email address.

Seriously - make a decision re: your dc & FB by all means, but it's not 'illegal'.

(& do be aware that unless you control their internet access on a fulltime basis, they don't need your permission to set up an account. Takes about 5 minutes).

jasper Sun 09-Jan-11 03:05:39

I don;t think it is a big deal

sims2fan Sun 09-Jan-11 10:12:57

I know a 2 year old (he's now 3, but was 2 when he got it) who has his own Facebook page. Obviously it's not him who writes on it, and apparently it's so he can play petville etc. Personally I don't think 2 year olds should be playing computer games, let alone having FB, but perhaps I'm just oldfashioned!

Also, I think the parents who say they are strict about privacy settings etc are a little bit naive, because the real problems that occur with FB and pre-teens/teenagers are with their real friends (ie people they go to school with) online. I have seen some bitchy comments on my 11 year old cousin's page from her 'friends' that I know would have really upset me at that age. It is much easier to type things that you wouldn't say to someone's face, and then those comments are there in black and white, potentially forever, for the children to ponder and fret about. It is also not unheard of for other children to add to the comments, taking one side of the argument or another, so a little thing suddenly becomes a massive deal.

I was looking at some photos on a page about my old school, and one was of some girls much younger than me, but in the comments area was a long giggly slagging off about one of the girls in the picture, who had been a bit of an outcast at the school. The girls involved were by then only about 15 anyway, and were so unkind in their remarks. Right at the end, the girl concerned had written something like 'Thanks very much!' and the other had responded with such remarks as 'PMSL!' 'ROFL' 'OMG didn't know you were on FB!' etc.

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