With a spat of news reports about cyber-bullying leading to teenage suicide, I suspect that some parents who allowed their children to join Facebook might feel pangs of regret.
Not me, and here’s why:
Many parents worry that social networking exposes pre-teens to foul and hurtful language, taunting, and general filth. Those parents are correct. The minimum age for joining Facebook is 13 years old. Yet I allowed my 12 year old son and 11 year old daughter to join about six months ago. As simple safeguards, I ran their accounts through my email and I have each of their passwords. They also have friended me, and dozens of their friends–perhaps to puff up their friend numbers– have friended me thus allowing me to access their webpages. My son has more than 100 friends and my daughter has zoomed to more than 250.
Unknown to them, (more…)