Facebook, Other Social Media Fit for Kids?: Moms Talk
In light of a 12-year-old Washington state girl being charged with cyber-stalking, we're asking our local parents why they do or don't allow their kids to get on sites like Facebook
This week's Moms Talk comes to us from Kristina Bunnell, a member of our Moms Council. Kristina cites this story from Digital Life in which a 12-year-old girl from Washington state got charged with cyber-stalking a former friend.
While kids picking on each other is nothing new, being able to do it on the Internet opens up a whole new world of embarrassing and lasting possibilities.
What this girl did goes beyond "picking on" the other kid, but the article brings up an interesting point: The official minimum age for Facebook is 13.
"Consumer Reports recently found that of the 20 million minors who use Facebook, 7.5 million are younger than 13, and 5 million are younger than age 10."
Several of my 11-year-old son's friends have pages, though he is not allowed to have one yet.