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to think a 10 year old wouldn't be able to set a Facebook account up and bully someone on it?

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Scratty Sat 21-Oct-17 20:04:05

DS isn’t particularly smart with technology, he does have an iPad that has parental controls, etc.

We also have a downstairs computer.

DS (at the age of 10 - not amazing at technology) couldn’t do that, right? I don’t know many 10 year olds. He says he hasn’t, but someone is saying he has.


Glumglowworm Sat 21-Oct-17 20:05:40

Yes he could

Doesn't mean he did, but it's very much possible

Does the person saying that he did have evidence? Or a reason to lie?

Tilapia Sat 21-Oct-17 20:06:03

I don’t see why not. It’s not that hard?

Angelicinnocent Sat 21-Oct-17 20:06:09

I don't know, I think if my 70 year old mother who is terrible with tech could, then a 10 year old could.

JonnaSilvie Sat 21-Oct-17 20:06:18

Do you watch him whilst he's on the computer/iPad?

Tilapia Sat 21-Oct-17 20:06:58

Parental controls wouldn’t stop him accessing Facebook.

Waitingonasmile Sat 21-Oct-17 20:07:11

I would say a much younger child could work out how to do it.

tittythatwalk Sat 21-Oct-17 20:07:35

If he's not amazing with tech, could you check the browser history on the iPad?

FenellaMaxwellsPony Sat 21-Oct-17 20:07:50


NormaNameChange Sat 21-Oct-17 20:08:09

Pretty sure thats not beyond the wit of most ten year olds... does he have an email account? If he does, check it for confirmation emails etc. Also check the deleted items box - he may not be tech savy enough to double delete if you get my drift...

Wanderwall Sat 21-Oct-17 20:08:08

I would have thought a 10 year old could do that as well.

BloodSplatteredFangs Sat 21-Oct-17 20:08:38

A 10 year old absolutely could.

Reppin Sat 21-Oct-17 20:08:57

Of course a ten year old could do that. A much younger child could do it.

Scratty Sat 21-Oct-17 20:09:03

Are 10 year olds really that tech savvy? 10!?

They only have the messages and it’s under DS’s name. It’s more of a nasty argument than bullying but I wouldn’t be happy if that was actually him.

GoldenBlue Sat 21-Oct-17 20:09:24

Of course he could. The average 5 year old could do that now I imagine.

My son at 8 could fix the schools computers and upgrade operating systems. By 10 he could do physical upgrades on pcs.

They are teaching programming at primary school now

MadMags Sat 21-Oct-17 20:09:36


TheClacksAreDown Sat 21-Oct-17 20:09:47

10 year old me certainly could have done that if I had today’s Technology. It is hardly difficult.

Scratty Sat 21-Oct-17 20:10:27

My daughter is 5, she is above average academically and there is no way she could do that!

Scratty Sat 21-Oct-17 20:10:51

No email account that I know of. He uses mine for games, etc.

threestars Sat 21-Oct-17 20:11:09

yes, it happened at our school unfortunately, but on a different social media site.

Sashkin Sat 21-Oct-17 20:11:28

The “setting up the account” part is pretty easy, I’d expect a literate 8 yr old to be able to do it. You just follow the instructions.

Do you mean he wouldn’t be able to get past the parental controls? Does he have access to any other devices, like a friend with a phone, or a computer in the local library?

Your son says it wasn’t him, and presumably you know whether he is a liar or not. But him being ten is neither here nor there.

ThePlatypusAlwaysTriumphs Sat 21-Oct-17 20:11:49

My 9 year old ds is my go to for all computer problems, he is completely in tune with all things technical. He could do this easily if he wanted. Like he saved my credit card details and spent £100 + on games for him and his friends.....They are far more tech savvy than we realise!

Scratty Sat 21-Oct-17 20:12:07

Also the messages seemed quite old sounding. I know there is corrective writing etc but DS would normally put u and 2 and stuff like that, he would write you and to or too

eyebrowsonfleek Sat 21-Oct-17 20:12:50

Most 10 year olds could register with a site like Facebook and most are capable of typing something mean on it.
Parental controls wouldn’t prevent swear words being sent or rude pics. (Have you set up his Google so it doesn’t show rude images? Many filters struggle with Google images.

Check your son’s history. If he’s browsing incognito then he’s not as computer illiterate as you think.

Scratty Sat 21-Oct-17 20:12:55

*wouldnt write you and to or too

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