Facebook is a very successful social networking site and a great one to say the least, but in my opinion it’s no place for minors. I can remember when not too long ago the internet was a scary place for some adults let alone children. We were all monitoring what sites our children were on and when they got on them, but now it seems that we have let our guard down a bit when it comes to letting our minors surf the net. Some of the things that people post on Facebook are just too explicit for minors in my opinion.
Most of the posts on Facebook are completely ridiculous. It seems as if people has stopped using Facebook for what it was made for, networking, and use it as a way to air out their dirty laundry. Some of the conversations are much too explicit and grown up for minors to witness. As an adult I am sometimes weary of going on my home page because I don’t know what crazy or bizarre status some of my friends or their friends have posted.
As if the outrageous status posts weren’t enough, some Facebookers have taken it to the next level with outlandish pictures of themselves in the bathroom with their unmentionables on or worst. What I like about Facebook is there are ways to report these types of explicit pictures, but there are quite a few that slip through the cracks. These are pictures that most adults wouldn’t want to see let alone their minors.
They lose the ability to interact face to face
A problem that most parents may witness is the fact that children are no longer interacting with one another the “good ole fashion” way. There was a time when we had to go to our friend’s house and ask permission for our friends to come out to play. We couldn’t wait to get done with homework so that we could see our best friends. To be able to see our best friend was the gift in itself, to be able to play tag you’re it was genuine fun. With most new technology out now, Facebook being one outlet, our children are no longer longing for that one on one interaction that we so longed for. All they want to do it text their friends or check their Facebook messages. A problem our generation didn’t face.
It Causes them to Grow up Faster
I am a strong believer in children staying in a child’s place. I was taught that grown up business is just that. But allowing your minor to join Facebook only counteracts that lesson. There is usually nothing but “grown-up” business on Facebook. There is definitely a reason for that, it’s a site used by mostly mature people, which brings me to my next point, the age limit.
Age Limitations on Facebook
There are age limitations set on sites such as Facebook for good reasoning. The age limit for Facebook is 13 years of age but Facebook asks that parents monitor any and all information that those minors are posting or sending out. But with a good majority of parents in this day and age being single parents how often are we truly monitoring our minors? Clearly not enough, because there are a few minors younger than 13 joining with false birth dates, against Facebook policies and rules. It is up to us as parents to make sure things like this don’t happen. Predators are still very much a problem in our society, and should be taken very seriously. I encourage all parents to know what your minors are doing while on the internet and try to make a schedule of when and where they get on.