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RoseRed135

Facebook for kids?

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I embrace nothing in the way of our electronic era, where true, personal (one-on-one) contact and interaction has seemingly taken a backseat to texting or tweeting.

I can't say I'm surprised over the introduction of such an app... for it would have been silly to think that something along the lines of this wasn't coming, but as I see more and more lean towards personal communication devices, I see a society where people are growing farther and farther apart from the daily realities of daily life.

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Totally against....kids are sneaky enough without adding that into the mix. Especially with all the online bullying so rampant now. 

#1GB had a issue over the summer with his snapchat account...he didn't participate, but was privy to it. DD checks his social media, so he had to delete snapchat..."and if you can't be responsible with your social media you'll be going to a flip phone"...I gifted him with DH's old flip phone "just in case"....actually, that we mean business and not maybe. He's becoming a true believer. He doesn't have FB, and at 13 he doesn't need it.

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Some of my teen nieces are on social media...I think they are too young to realize that what they post will be out in cyber space forever.

GD has a phone, but is only allowed to contact her parents without permission for each use.

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Facebook for kids sounds like an nightmare, except for the creators who can make more $$$  There are so many things that can happen over the internet just NO NO NO. Although GD has several preteen friends who's (stupid) parents have set up accounts in the child's name, and lie so Facebook allows these accounts. I believe Facebook knew it all along and just figured out how to get their "new" product excepted.

There is an app called Monster Messenger that kids can use It has been around for over 5 years. It was started as an educational app. Parents set up an account all messages go to parents phones.It is highly monitored.Users to child's account must first be accepted through parents. Parents can accept or reject each message. No real names are ever used, only Monster names.  GD liked it at first, several years ago. Now it's old, and she doesn't use it. She is allowed to tx her friends on DD's cell to her friends mom cell but only in the presence of both moms.

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No! No! No!  DGD2 will not be using this if I can help it.  Too many potentially horrible issues. Too many predators. 

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I’m a pretty tech savvy person but after my one friend’s GD got caught up in a police investigation into a pedophile who was chatting to her online and pretending to be a teenage boy I’m very wary. My DS started a YouTube channel for GS and GS also has his own FB page even though he is barely 18mths and I have told DS that I feel it is wrong because I don’t think he should choose for his son what goes out into the world about him before he even has a say in it. Hopefully when GS is old enough to have a say so I hope DS will have changed his perspective a bit to realise that there are many risks to this and it has to be managed well. 

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Also wanted to add that smart kids have ways to get around netnannies and parental controls. I know of one kid who learnt the terms for certain types of porn in Japanese so he could get around the Netnanny.

 

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