There is a hot discussion taking place on the web all about whether or not Facebook should open it’s platform to children younger than thirteen. As a mother of a 14, an 11 and a 9 year old I definitely have some skin in this game. I have given this topic a lot of thought and I feel very passionate about my position. You know me, I’m not shy when it comes to voicing my thoughts about children, so here I am in my own words.
I would never presume to tell another parent how to raise their child. Every child is different. They have their own fingerprint of learning. I get it. But in general I do feel strongly that it is in our best interests as parents to be an instrumental part of our children’s social media education, the earlier the better. Fold a moral compass into that education that is in line with how you hope your children will conduct themselves in person. For online or offline, your children’s words and actions will follow them wherever they hope to go. You wouldn’t want a door to lock before it has even been opened because your child misrepresented their true selves in social media due to a lack of guidance, or worse yet poor guidance from a peer instead of a knowledgeable, caring, competent adult like you. Don’t let the social media fire burn your kids, teach them how to use that fire responsibly for sustenance and warmth. Together you will ignite their future.
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